Thursday, November 1, 2012

What To Do When You Hate Your Job - Bob Lotich

Next month marks the 1 year anniversary of my journey into full time blogging as well as the anniversary of the end of my 5 year run in corporate america. I spent 5 years working at a Fortune 500 brokerage firm. I worked in three different departments and held 5 different titles over those 5 years. When I started I walked in full of ambition and expectancy that a few years down the road I would be sitting pretty in my corner office. What I walked out with was a hope and trust in God that He would get me further than my ambition did.

Lately, I have been reminiscing about my old job(s) and thanking God that phase is over. I didn’t fully realize how much I didn’t like it, until I started doing something that I really do enjoy. At the time, I knew that I wasn’t walking in my life’s calling, but that it was more of a preparation phase. As is typical, I guess, I thought the preparation phase should have only taken a year or two, but apparently God’s timeline was a little longer – 5 years!

But also, I can now see that God was at work teaching, training, and guiding me through that challenging phase in my life. Trials and challenges are an inevitable part of life and whether we like it or not, they benefit us if we allow them to.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3).

How to Follow Your Own Advice - Theresa Ceniccola

I am the first one to admit that I don’t always follow my own advice. I badger my boys to floss their teeth every night and then I plop into bed too tired to floss my own teeth. I encourage clients to say no to requests that are not in alignment with their goals and values, yet I find myself caving to pressure to take on something I should decline. I don’t always practice what I preach. Does that make me a fraud? I don’t think so. I suspect it makes me human. A little incongruent, yes, but not a failure. And certainly not a lost cause.

The world is full of nicotine-addicted doctors, overweight personal trainers and broke financial counselors. That’s because it’s easier to give great advice than it is to follow it. In fact, most of the time, it’s not the “knowing what to do” that causes the problem, it’s the actual “doing it.” Dave Ramsey says financial success is 20 percent knowledge and 80 percent behavior. Behavior. Just doing what we know we need to do.


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