The headline on Forbes.com caught my eye: “Most Americans are unhappy at work”. What a sad statement. Considering we spend at least one fourth of our life at work, shouldn’t being happy there be a goal for all of us? Since February is the month of love, I thought this would be a good time for all of us to ask ourselves, “Do I love my job? “Am I happy to go to work or do I dread Mondays?”
I – for one – love what I do – running the company that literally began in my living room 18 years ago. It’s my dream job. Being CEO and Co-founder of Just Between Friends Franchise Systems truly gives me joy, knowing we help more than 600,000 families across the U.S. and Canada each year save & earn money. Knowing that I have played a part in helping more than 200 women and men start their own business. Knowing that our franchises give back to their communities each year by supporting local charities with millions of dollars in cash and in-kind donations.
I believe we can all strive to achieve this happiness in our work life. I asked some of my successful – and joyful – franchisees to share their advice on what steps to take TODAY to find your joy at work.
Vicki Dame – Just Between Friends of Reno, Nevada
- Dig deep: This will help you find what makes you happy. What makes you smile? What gives you a reason to get up in the morning? Write it down
- Map it out: Determine how you can get from where you are to where you want to be. Set a goal and write down the steps it takes to reach that goal.
- Talk to people: Talk to those who have done what you want to do, and learn from them.
- Talk to more people: Talk to those that would be affected by you making that leap to what you want to do.
- Take that leap: Jump in with both feet and trust in yourself. You never know until you try.
Allison Stephens – Just Between Friends of Tacoma, Washington
- Take a minute to think about why: Ask yourself why you are not happy. What are the aspects of your current job that are not life-giving to you? On the flip side, what are qualities you want in your future career? Write these down to use in steps 2-5.
- Give yourself permission to imagine: Imagine a different work life for yourself. What are all the possibilities for you and your family? Can you imagine being your own boss? Can you think of yourself as your sole motivator to get tasks completed? Does the flexibility of owning your own business appeal to you?
- Do your homework: Research possibilities and do it broadly. Don’t sell yourself short and scratch options off your list before you have looked into them seriously. Search online, talk with people in each industry; use your friends and family network to get in touch with people who have blazed the paths before you.
- Take the level of risk that is right for you and your family: Only you can assess this. Know that doing something new and different will be scary and exciting all at the same time. Determine the level of risk that is right for you considering your financial condition, lifestyle, and relationships.
- Pursue your dreams with abandon: Jump in, take a risk, and step boldly into your new adventure knowing it is best for you and your family. And the best part is, you’ll be doing what you LOVE!
Teri Anderson – JBF of Dane County, Wisconsin
- Start a daily journal: Each day write down what you loved doing that day.
- Make a list of things you are passionate about: Ask your friends what they feel you do very well and what they think you are passionate about, too!
- Create a resume: Just the process of trying to create one will help you focus on what is important from your experience and help you strive for finding a job you will love.
- Visualize yourself doing what you love: Use a poster to create a “vision board” of what you want and place it somewhere you’ll see it often as a reminder and inspiration.
- Go for it: The worst someone can say is no, which just means this wasn’t the right opportunity. Change isn’t always easy, but instead of focusing on what you may give up instead focus on what you will gain!
We would love to hear your thoughts. Do you love your job? Are you ready for a change? You can learn more about JBF Franchises by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1D4tWiK