So you’ve survived your first week back at work, but I’m guessing that doesn’t mean you’re now suddenly as happy as a hippo again. In fact, Blue Monday is coming up – supposedly the most miserable day of the year. Safe to say this January simply isn’t rocking it for you. Somehow that gloomy feeling just doesn’t seem to go away.
Maybe it’s because you’re no longer interested in your job and can’t shake off that nagging feeling that there must be more to life than this. You’re stuck in a rut and don’t know how to maneuver your way out of it.
I completely get it: I was in that exact situation last January. I’d just returned from an amazing 3-week holiday in sunny Australia and being back at work was hard. During my travels I had all these ideas about the future, I felt it was bright with lots of possibilities. I dreamt of starting my own business, getting trained to help people find their passion and purpose and feel more fulfilled, running retreats and workshops all around the world, and being able to work however, whenever and wherever I want to.
Staying connected to these dreams and ambitions wasn’t easy, especially because people around me said “that’s not real life, you’re back in reality now“.
I almost believed them.
It’s a good thing that I was feeling so utterly miserable, because I refused to settle for something that made me feel like that. I couldn’t believe or accept how I went from being so happy and positive to utterly gloomy and low-spirited in a matter of weeks.
Those January blues were a blessing in disguise as they gave me the motivation I needed to start doing something about my situation – and I hope they are for you too.
If you are feeling downhearted, fed up, frustrated or directionless, use those feelings as a motivating force to find a way out and move forward.
There’s no need to believe that’s just what working life is like – because, trust me, it’s not! As the late Steve Jobs once said:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.“
Make a vow to yourself that this January is the start of something new and exciting, even if you don’t know what that is yet.
The key is to get started, to set something in motion, take that first step – however small. Ideally something that you can’t back out of easily: whilst reading personal development books can be very beneficial, it’s quite simple to put it back on the shelf or not implement the material, exercises and tips you’ve read.
This January, start taking real action.
Once you start doing that and stay committed to make progress, the rest will follow.