Isn’t that just another way of saying ‘taking responsibility’? Yes, that’s part of it. But it’s also about who holds you to account.
Talking about work, when you are employed, that’s pretty simple to answer. You are accountable to your manager/employer. So long as you do your job well, your boss will be happy, you will get paid and can (hopefully) pay your bills.
But what if you don’t like your job or worse, hate it? You do it because there is nothing else you can do to earn an income that allows you to survive.
Can you see where I’m going?
Where is your passion?
Who is responsible for ensuring your well-being?
“Employers have a duty to ensure your well-being. It is part of the appraisal process.”
Who said that? Well, you are not wrong, but no matter how much an employer values and praises you, no matter how many promotions you achieve, if your heart is not in it, if you are not passionate about what you do, your well-being will be affected in the long run. It’s just a job, nothing else and it takes up a third to two thirds of your waking time.
And if you love what you do, you are one of the lucky ones who has been able to bring passion and work together.
I have worked jobs that I loved for many years, and still there came a time when my life changed, circumstances changed, my feelings changed and the love for my occupation died a death. My well-being went down the toilet.
Working a job that leaves you unfulfilled erodes your spirit.
Enter comfort eating…
Enter self-doubt, anxiety, depression…
So what are the options? I’ll explore that further tomorrow.