Have you ever considered the impact of self-love (or lack of it) on your career? It isn’t a common discussion topic, I know. Yet, self-love is the key to happiness in every area of life, and it is no different with work. The question is, do you believe that you deserve to be happy in your career, as well as your personal life? And if so, how can self-love make a difference?
Reason 1: Self-love Motivates You To Explore Who You Are
‘Self-love’ may seem like a vague term at first. Moment by moment, it might look like an active doing, or allowing yourself to be. You might feel good enough to be who you are and also have a desire to explore and develop your potential.
Career happiness depends upon your ability and willingness to explore who you are, develop your skills, try things out and find out what works for you. It usually arises from the alchemy between personal skills, interests, and values, but it often isn’t possible to predict.
When you lack self-love in career exploration, you hold yourself back. You might notice negative self-talk like “I’ll never be able to do that”, “I’m not good enough” or “other people won’t like me if I do”. Thoughts like this are powerful if you assume they matter. Question them instead. Don’t let them stop you from exploring who you are and what makes you feel alive.
Reason 2 – Self-love Helps You Choose What’s Best For You
Making career decisions can be challenging in today’s digital world, with an overload of information and oftentimes unhelpful opinions on social media. You might consult career advisors, research sector pathways, and join online forums to learn from others. At worst, you might take advice from the wrong person. At best, you will use trusted sources of information. Either way, the choice still comes from you.
But what does this have to do with self-love?
Self-love is key to making life-affirming decisions – the ones in alignment with who you are and what you value. When people make career choices based on what other people want from them or what other people think of them, they risk not discovering their potential and experiencing career satisfaction. Self-love involves self-worth, respect, and sometimes a determination to be true to yourself despite what others think.
Reason 3: Self-love Supports You Through Career Transition
Over the course of a 30+ year working life, it is not surprising that most people will experience career change at some point. Whether change comes about because of job loss, company culture, or personal circumstances, it’s important to take care of your needs throughout the transition process. This might involve learning new skills or taking time out for rest and recuperation. Sometimes, the action you need to take requires great courage, especially if your career no longer satisfies you. You might need to consider an alternative career altogether and you might not know what that is.
Self-love prompts you to pay attention to your personal values and priorities, so you can take care of them whatever is happening around you. You take proactive actions that empower you to the best of your ability.
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