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Why Are Most People Doing This… and What Can You Do About It?

Change is stressful, but so is unemployment. | Zig Ziglar

Most of the people you know are dissatisfied with their jobs. The numbers, in fact, are staggering. More than three-quarters of American workers say they plan to look for a new job in the next twelve months. Some fear being laid off, downsized, or displaced. Others wonder about the stability of their employers. There is more job uncertainty today than there has been in our lifetime. It's a scary time to be employed. It's a scary time to be unemployed.

According to Forbes Magazine, people look for new jobs because they want more stability, better compensation, more respect, better health benefits, or improved work-life balance (or a combination of these five things). It's interesting that these desires are consistent with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.  Take a look:

Self-actualization is all about work-life balance.

Esteem refers to respect.

Love and belonging are elements of stability.

Safety can be connected to health benefits.

Physiological needs are met through compensation.

In other words, people aren't being fulfilled in their work so they look for something that is more fulfilling. Their search, however, often lands them in a job that is very similar to their previous jobs. Their job search strategy isn't designed to do anything other than relocate them to something very familiar.

What do people do? They settle into jobs and live miserably for the better part of their adult lives waiting for the opportunity to quit doing something they hate. Living to quit looks like a slow death! The other option is to hit the Internet in search for new opportunities. Unfortunately, Internet job searches aren't as effective as most people think they are.

There is a third option. It introduces people to a proven job search strategy that begins with a look inward. It helps people identify career or business options based on their unique personalities. I've used it and it worked for me. Thousands of others have used it and they agree. 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller is a New York Times Best Seller. For more than a decade, it has been the go-to source for career guidance. The tenth anniversary edition was released earlier this year and I have had the privilege of developing the content for the 48 Days to the Work You Love live seminars.

The live seminars are perfectly suited for churches, civic organizations, and continuing education programs. They can be valuable tools for coaches and career counselors. They are designed for six two-hour sessions guided by a certified facilitator. Everything in these seminars is new… there is more interactivity, group discussion, and mentoring. Facilitators will have direct access to the seminar team at 48 Days. This might be the most important thing you can do for your congregation, community group, or organization.

Learn more about becoming a certified facilitator.

In the 48 Days to the Work You Love Application Guide, Dan Miller says, "When we hear that 84% of Americans would like to change jobs in the coming year, it raises a lot of questions:

  • Are there that many bad jobs out there?
  • Why, with so many changing work models, are there still people doing work they don’t enjoy?
  • In a job seeker’s market, why isn’t everyone moving quickly to what gives them the most fulfillment?

The answer is that most people do not take the time to look closely at themselves before choosing a job or career. They simply choose a job based on chance or opportunity, income potential, or other expectations. Thus they live with quiet desperation and often “go to their graves with their music still in them” (Henry Ward Beecher).

What a tragedy in the time of the greatest opportunity in history!"

Most people are looking for a new job. Many of them lack a strategy that leads to work they love. Help is available. Think about it!

What keeps people from finding work they love? Is anything holding you back?

Terry Hadaway is a career coach, certified DISC instructor, instructional designer, and writer of educational materials for people like Dan Miller, Michael Hyatt, and others. After a long career in ministry and higher education, Terry refocused his gifts and abilities to create work he loves. As a coach, he enjoys working with professionals who want to redefine their careers without abandoning their callings. You can learn more about Terry and his work at mythinkingbox.com or visit his coaching site at terryhadaway.com.

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on November 2, 2015 at 4:12pm

GREAT post Terry. Excited to see the program launch!!! 

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Comment by Terry Hadaway on November 2, 2015 at 6:39am

Thanks, Seth. It's great working with Dan and his team to help people find or create work they love!

Comment by Seth Wilson on October 30, 2015 at 3:00pm

This is so vitally important! You mention that people who have unfulfilling work often leave, only to find themselves in an equally unfulfilling place. I think the root cause of a lot of this is that people just assume that fulfillment in work isn't possible. But as Dan reminds us every week, it's definitely possible! It's more than possible, in fact, it's essential. So thanks for the work you're doing to spread this vital message.

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Comment by Terry Hadaway on October 28, 2015 at 11:39am

Thanks, Micki... I know Dan is very excited about this process. We plan to reach thousands of people in 2016! It is indeed very rewarding work!

Comment by Micki Vandeloo on October 28, 2015 at 11:12am

Terry, what a great post to promote the new facilitation program!  It is a shame that now, at a time so ripe with opportunities, so many people are "going to their grave with the music still in them!"  Your program will be key in rectifying this situation!

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