Stop Working to Live and Start Living to Work

Love Your Work and Live Your Life

There is no doubt in saying that we live in a world that is very different from the one our parents or grandparents grew up in. Life today has become very fast-paced and unless you try to keep up with it, you risk falling behind not just on life but on your finances too.

Transformation at Work = Transformation in Our Lives

The demand for skills in the market is changing so fast that professionals need to constantly update their skills through workshops and additional courses while doing their jobs and trying to find time to spend with their families.

On top of everything, the pandemic has added the extra burden of working from home and even if you are not working from home then you have to stay connected through various platforms with your work even after you leave the office. This added digital work time has reduced the time we used to have for our families, for our own leisure and unwinding at the end of the day.

Not for everyone but for many, life has changed completely in the last year or so. You need to stay on top of your game or risk losing the source of income. Employers need to maintain a certain level of efficiency and if any employee dips below that level, they do not take a second to replace that employee because employees after all are expandable. There is too much competition in the market due to increased unemployment because of the pandemic.

Modern Day Slavery?

All of these factors have combined together to make us modern-day slaves. We wake up, pump ourselves up with coffee, go to work and come back exhausted. This leaves little time for anything else. This is how most of the working-class lives. It gets worse for entrepreneurs who need to spend countless hours working tirelessly to set up their businesses.

Working Hard But at What Cost?

Of course, working hard and working till you are tired is not really bad but the point that we are trying to make is, working long hours is good if it makes you happy and you are achieving your goals. But working hard does not mean that we forget to live in the present.

This is what happens to most of us. We work to live. The society and workplace are constructed in such a way that at all times, there is a constant sword of unemployment and financial insecurity dangling over our heads. This is not sustainable. Anyone who lives like this for an extended period of time will develop stress, anxiety, depression and other health issues. This unfortunately is what we are seeing in society today. So is there any way to take back control of our lives?

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Change of Mindset

Every change in our life starts with a change in our perception and mindset. Every action is preceded by intentions and intentions arise from deep-seated mindsets. So if we want to take back control of our lives, we first need to change our mindset.

–  You Get One Shot at Life, Make it Count

We need to understand that we get this life only once (unless you believe in reincarnation, no offence intended). We all come into this world with a limited lifespan. Around 15-18 years of our lives are spent as children, where we cannot add any meaningful value to our society. Once we grow up, we start to worry about our financial security and this worry eats away our productive years.

The first thing to do is to understand that we need to make the most out of the limited time that we have. 18-60 years of age, is the period that we have to make any meaningful impact on this world. We can only make any meaningful impact if we lead our lives with a purpose.

– Help Others if You Can

Our purpose is not just to work. But to accomplish something in life, leave a legacy for someone. You do not necessarily have to impact the lives of everyone in your society or community, it can only be your family and friends, or strangers you have never met. But this can only be done when we set a purpose in our lives.

That purpose can be helping others. If you have the means for it, you can help others financially through charity and donations. If you have a large circle of friends you can conduct charity drives.

This however is not the only way. You can also help others through counselling. Through kind words, by sitting down with people and talking through their problems. Lawyers do this by providing pro bono services for certain clients. There are many lawyers who for instance provide pro bono services to domestic abuse victims.

This once again is not the only way to lead a life of fulfilment. Being helpful and good to others is just one part. We must also change our mindset to see our work not as a burden but as something to be enjoyed.

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– Love What You Do, Do What You Love

It is commonly said that if you do what you love, you will not feel like working at all. Be it Bezos, Gates or Elon Musk. The common factor in all three of these men is they do what they love and love what they do.

When you love your work, you won`t need to motivate yourself to get out of bed every day. You will feel a different level of energy, you will not get tired quickly. Your efficiency will increase and your output will become better.

The biggest problem that we have today is far too many people end up compromising on their passions in life to get into a field of work that they do not love completely. A lot of time parental pressure makes students choose a field of study that they end up hating. If there is no parental pressure, then circumstances lead them to make such choices.

At times it is not the career choice but the workplace. If you work in an office that does not let you grow, you can quickly end up feeling depressed. Sometimes, bad bosses and toxic colleagues end up making us hate the work we do.

Whatever is inhibiting your growth, limiting your chances to succeed in life, try to change that. You may feel that you have no other option but to work in a toxic workplace, as earning something is better than being unemployed. Well, there is logic to this argument but you should not give up. Actively look for a better option and leave as soon as you get a better opportunity.

– Enjoy The Little Things in Life

In the end, you were not born to work till your bones give away and die. No, you were born to have a meaningful experience of life. It is okay to work extremely hard for brief phases, to attain certain goals in life but our bodies are not meant to take pressure all the time.

Take out time to enjoy yourself, with your family and friends. Designate an hour or more daily to do something that you love, like reading a book, painting something, taking a walk or whatever makes you feel your element and unwind.

If you have a partner or kids, talk to them. Get to know them, make your relationships richer and more meaningful. Good and bad times are a part of life but if you have someone either a partner or a friend, to stand with you during your bad time, then it becomes easier to get through the tough phases.

Try to enjoy the little things in life and you will feel a change in your life. You will realize that it is the little things in life that make life more meaningful. These little things, help us develop the strength to get through life with a more positive and balanced outlook.

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Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson Passion for adventure and sharing his life long journey with as many others as possible. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." HENRY S. HASKINS

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