Now of course we can all have an occasional off day in the office (or whatever your version of an office may be), but if the answer to this question is a definite ‘No’ or a half-hearted ‘Sometimes?’, then you really have to consider whether you are doing the right job or running the right business.
It’s not an admission of failure to accept that this may be the case, rather it’s an alarm bell from your subconscious mind.
One of my clients told me that she had been feeling out of sorts with her business for some time, but it was only when she finally left the business and sold out to her partners, that she realised she had actually feeling been feeling there was an incongruency between her values and theirs.
If you are feeling out of your depth, burnt out or suffering from stress, it may just be that you have taken on too much and need a break, or it could be that you need a complete change.
Sometimes we can be so busy trying to do a good job that we get bogged down in the daily grind and don’t even stop long enough to stand back and ask ourselves this question.
As I said before, there is a difference between an ‘off day’ and an ‘off choice of career direction’. Only you can truly know what it is that will be right for you. Success can often cover up the cracks, whereas struggle or downturns will really test your resolve.
I used to keep a sign on my office wall that paraphrased a quote from a marathon runner – I changed the word ‘race’ to ‘business’:
‘There will be days when you don’t know if you can run a business, but there will be a lifetime knowing that you did.’
I only had to look at that notice to remind myself that setbacks and hurdles just came with the territory and that I still loved what I did.
There are also some very simple techniques you can use to snap yourself out of a bad mood or an unwelcome state. You can always change the way you choose to react to setbacks, just by changing the way you think about the situation.
Here’s an idea to help spot the difference…
Make an appointment with yourself and free up an hour to be quietly by yourself without interruptions. Turn the phone off. If you can’t do an hour, do half an hour.
Take a pen and paper and write down all the reasons why you love what you’re doing. If you can’t think of any, there’s a clue.
My view – if you no longer love what you do, this will eventually take a toll on your happiness.
If this is the case, then it’s time to think about what else you could be doing that fits in with your life’s purpose.
Don’t tolerate being ‘stuck in a rut’. Life is too short to waste it being unhappy!
As Coach Tony Robbins likes to say, ‘Until next time, live your life with passion!’