Have you ever noticed when you’re doing something you really love, an hour or two seems like five minutes? But, when doing something that’s not enjoyable, five minutes can seem like hours?
It can be difficult to find work you love that also feeds your soul and makes you feel fulfilled. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we end up at a job that’s not ideal, we don’t fit in, or it’s not a healthy environment for us. Instead, it becomes a toxic environment. But what if you could change your feeling about anything that you do?
Love What You Do, No Matter What You’re Doing
There are ways you can still love what you do not matter what it is that you choose.
For example, washing dishes or maybe doing laundry isn’t your favorite thing to do. But, if we can start to reframe the mindset around it to enjoy whatever it is we’re doing, falling in love with the process, our entire demeanor begins to change.
When we reframe the way we think about our day-to-day tasks, even if it’s something that we typically don’t enjoy, our way of feeling and thinking can change in an instant. We’re more energetic, more vital, and more present.
There’s nothing worse than dreading a task that needs to be done, thinking it’s going to take forever. Maybe it’s only 15 minutes out of your day but those 15 minutes seem like hours. Is that really an enjoyable way to spend your time? Probably not.
Shift Your Approach
If you can cultivate the habit of being present and in the moment, and feel love for what you do, it will actually seem and appear that time goes by much faster. I had a friend that really hated doing household chores. He absolutely hated it with a passion, but he loves music. I suggested to him, why not listen to music while doing the chores, you lose yourself in the music and love it so much that once you combine those two it won’t feel as long. So he started listening to music and doing chores. He found himself kind of enjoying it and looking forward to what music he was going to listen to that day.
Although at work we can’t always listen to music, we can find a way to cultivate the habit of changing, shifting our way of approaching the task at hand. Learning to love what you do and doing what you love.
Cultivate the Mindset of Loving What You Do
Not everyone is lucky to fall into a field of work that they love or have a passion for like me, and I wasn’t always doing what I loved either. In a variety of situations I had to learn how to cultivate that love for what I was doing, regardless of the environment, or situation.
There grew this deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that no matter where I went, I got to experience that. I encourage others to do the same thing because sometimes life finds us in environments that are not ideal, wanted or maybe not even that healthy.
Don’t stay in an unhealthy environment for longer than necessary. When you find yourself stuck somewhere unwanted, begin to cultivate this new mindset and yourselves on the inside, changing the thought process and feel of mundane tasks. When your entire perspective changes, it allows you to have this uplifted love, joy and energy, whenever you’re doing the tasks that you need to be done.
This is a very different way for people to approach their lives, because many times we get a lot of confirmation from the ones who surround us. They always say misery loves company and it’s true. But it also applies to the ones that are joyous and happy in life, and they’re going to do everything they can to try to get you at their same level. If you’re not matching their positive energy, then it’s more likely they will leave before you drag them down. You’re either lifting people up or pulling them down.
This is why it’s so important to love what you do and do what you love as much as possible and as often as you can.
Choose How To Spend Your Time
We all have the same 24 hours a day, use them wisely. Choose how to spend your time. Don’t sit around at a dead-end job or in an unhealthy environment or relationship because you feel stuck and without options. If you’re afraid to make the choice of doing something different.
Dig deep inside, look at what you deserve, what you want and consider how you can cultivate that. If you’re having a hard time with your self-worth and self-esteem, work with somebody on that, get the help that you need, because that’s something that’s common with many people.
There are so many people out there who have been successful in their outer lives, but within them they don’t feel like they’re worthy of a good relationship, healthy friendships or a personal passion or hobby. They don’t feel like they’re worth anything. That needs to be addressed, worked on and begin to surround yourself with the people and environment that’s more conducive to growing.
There’s nothing worse than trying to grow and expand in a very confined and limited environment. It’s not impossible, because nothing’s impossible, however it can seem very, very difficult. It can cause a tremendous amount of unnecessary friction and upset, that may be weighing you down even more and holding you back from what it is that you really want.
Are You Doing What You Love?
So, are you doing what you love? And do you love what you do? Can you find a way to love the things that you’re doing in your life in this present moment? If you’re not, what are some steps that can be taken to cultivate that? How can you cultivate yourself to start shifting your mindset and your perspective to actually fall in love with your own life?
Put your goals and dreams into action by taking the first small steps towards huge success, find the joy in life once again. It’s never too late to fall back in love with life.
Dr. Asha Prasad
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