What does “freedom” mean in your work life? Do you have work-life freedom now? That’s not a rhetorical question. Think about it–how free are you to choose what you do for a living, what kind of career you set your sights on, etc.?
Let’s start with something basic-a definition of the core concept of freedom (courtesy of Merriam-Webster):
Some people have little or no choice in how or where they live, much less what kind of work they want to do or where. Hopefully, you’re not one of those! However, if you’re feeling trapped by circumstances related to your job or career, you probably want to change that feeling to one that gives you more sense of control. In other words, you want more choice about what your work-life freedom looks like.
For example, suppose your company resembles a pressure cooker–that is, pressure to perform nonstop is implied if not explicitly stated. This picture doesn’t suggest much freedom of choice, does it? What’s more, if you can’t make room for a life outside of work because your employer consumes basically all your time and energy, you might have difficulty seeing an opening to achieve some freedom.
Your choice could involve leaving the company. Understandably, you might think twice about making that choice. It’s not easy.
Ask yourself how much time you’ve spent wishing you were somewhere else during the workday. I don’t mean those beautiful days when you’d rather be out golfing or relaxing with friends than tackling a project at work. We’ve probably all had moments like that.
I’m talking about the day-after-day times when you have to drag yourself out of bed to go to work and can’t wait to get out of that place at the end of the day.
If you find yourself in a drastic situation like that, you need to summon the courage to say, “Enough! I’m going to do what it takes to change this unhappy pattern.”
Because if you don’t take the initiative to change things, they most likely won’t change…ever. On the other hand, they might change for the worse because you didn’t act when you had the chance.
Begin by determining how bad your situation is. Do you see good reasons to let it continue for now or more compelling reasons for breaking out of the “prison” your job has become? You have two main angles to consider:
Whatever you decide, don’t just stay in one spot and spin your wheels. Your job satisfaction and long-term career success depend on gaining a real-world view of what you’re facing and then taking the appropriate action.
P.S. If any aspect of your work-life freedom seems less than great and you want to make a change, please get in touch. Maybe there’s a way I can help!