Q: How do I find true happiness in my career? I'm unhappy in my job.
A: A happy occupation is a worthy preoccupation. We’re wired for happiness. And let’s face it – work makes up the lion’s share of our waking hours. No wonder the writer of Ecclesiastes cites enjoyment in one’s toil as one of life’s greatest blessings. (2:24)
First, love God. Ground your happiness in Jesus Christ. If you direct your affections toward his infinite lovability, you’ll possess a happiness that is foundational, delightful and unshakeable.
Second, know yourself. What kind of work do you love? What are your unique talents? What would be your dream career?
Third, paint the picture. Imagine futuristically. What would be your ideal career? What skills would you be using? Who would you like working with and for? What would a perfect Monday look like? Jot down your thoughts, translate to images and add some positive feelings. Words, picture, emotions.
Fourth, equip yourself. Gain the knowledge, experience and connections you need to do the work that, with vivid clarity, you have envisioned.
St. Thomas notes that we are more attentive to the things that delight us. Delight yourself in the Lord. Delight yourself in your career dream. Motivation will follow. May the Lord give success to the work of your hands.