Guest Post from Arlene Chandler – freelance writer

When it comes to pursuing a more fulfilling career, it may seem like there are many external factors working against you; family, location, age, education, or money (or lack of) are excuses that many people use to blame their stagnant, unmotivated state of being.

While it’s natural to get comfortable in any situation when you’ve been there long enough, it’s important to never give up on the goals you desire to reach.Most limitations are self-inflicted, so never lose hope of dropping your day job and going after something a little more pleasurable. In order to help you stay accountable, it’s necessary to make commitments to yourself; write them down, say them aloud, or tell every person you meet. The point is to get them so engrained in your mind that you never lose the ability to believe in something better, and if you’re feeling stuck or uninspired, here are few ideas to help you get back in business.

I Will Search for Inspiration from Those Around Me

When you’re working a job you don’t particularly care for, and your friends and family are working a job they don’t particularly care for either, you’re surrounded by complaints and negative thinking. It can become so common to have to vent with your co-workers that it’s hard to imagine any other way of being. Instead of falling into this trap, try and network with those who are living satisfied lives. Their positive talk will be refreshing in comparison to the gripes, and seeing firsthand that that kind of lifestyle is realistic and attainable will encourage you to not settle for anything that puts a bad taste in your mouth.

I Will Be Bold About Seeking New Opportunities

In order to really make a difference in your life, you have to let go of all the reservations and limitations you’ve talked yourself into believing were true. Put yourself out there, make connections, and never be afraid to ask for help along the way. Seeking a personal mentor or career coach doesn’t mean you’re weak; it simply means that you’ve opened yourself up to hearing some outside advice and insight.

I Deserve to Have Financial Security

Finances can have an odd effect on a person’s self-esteem and definition of self-worth; struggling to pay rent, constantly checking your bank account, and having to post-pone plans due to lack of funds can make it hard to be optimistic about your future. However, that struggle can be the greatest motivator you have. Giving your time and efforts to a job that doesn’t compensate you properly should be all the more reason to take charge of your life and proactively search for something better. It’s about owning the fact that you deserve that financial peace of mind. Seek out a position that pays you fairly and provides you with more than a basic income; jobs that offer insurance packages and paid vacation time are out there, and it’s up to you to make sure your standards are met.

Aside from looking for an employer who pays you well, you should do what you can to look out after your own financial security. Start a budgeting plan and think long-term. When you do land a career you feel secure with, do what you can to protect that feeling of financial stability. Investing in income protection insurance is a small way to ensure that you could keep up the same quality of life if you couldn’t work due to being sick or injured.

My Happiness and Self-Development Are My Priorities

After you’ve made up your mind to pursue a preferable career path, keep reminding yourself why that occupation is more appealing than your current one; is it more inspiring? Will it allow you to develop in areas in which you want to grow? Does it give you a sense of purpose and duty? Remember, committing to a job can take up a large portion of your life, so that’s all the more reason you should settle for something that you feel good about doing and that offers room for personal advancement.

All life improvements start with a decision to pursue something more satisfying, and there are many steps you can take to make changes for the better. By searching for inspiration from those around you, proactively looking for new opportunities, securing your finances, and putting your happiness and personal growth first, you’ll have no problem changing your life, career, and most importantly, yourself for the better.


Arlene Chandler is a freelance writer who enjoys inspiring others to take control over their finances and careers. She currently writes about career development and insurance for Suncorp