Fact – Many Australians are unhappy at work. Fact – Many Australians would not recommend their workplace to others, do more than is expected or are actively looking for another job.
The State of Employee Engagement in Australia Survey (2015) found employee loyalty to the workplace was at a staggering low of 55.3 per cent. And one can only wonder how this is still occurring despite the phenomenal shift over the past decade towards promoting employee wellbeing and satisfaction, not to mention the often-touted ‘work/life’ balance?
Perhaps, this is because, for all the procedures, promotions and incentives offered on the table, if a person’s core human needs aren’t being addressed, then their job, and with it, life satisfaction, will begin to wane.
One of Maslow’s six human needs best illustrates this, the need of self actualisation, a state of being in ‘flow’ with your truest authentic self and being able to fulfil that need to the best of your ability.
“What a man can be, he must be” – Abraham Maslow.
The need or desire for something more will never go away, if you’re not actively doing something to fulfil it.
Many people have a vague idea of what it is that really drives them, and many of those people have even further distinguished that drive by visualising an unrealised dream or goal.
But even though a large number will KNOW what that dream or goal is, very few will step up to take action.
The answer to that is simple – Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of ‘what if’.
I had that fear. I know that fear. I had ideas and dreams that I yearned to test out, put into practice but I was always stopped by the thought of ‘what if?’.
One day I decided to ask myself a different question… and that question was simply ‘So what?’.
By facing every single angle and outcome of perceived ‘failure’ with the two words ‘So what?’, I was able to get to know the unknown, I was able to look at the worst possible outcomes that I could end up with and realised that there was no fear great enough that I couldn’t overcome.
I could lose my house. So what? I could rebuild.
I could lose my current job security. So what? I could find another job.
I could end up 5 years behind where I am now. So what? I’d find a way to get back in front.
I could lose all my savings. So what? I could budget and save again.
I could end up bankrupt. So what? I’d seek out professional advice along the way and make sure that didn’t happen.
I looked directly at every single uncertainty or unknown and I realised, I had nothing to really fear. That my fear was simply an excuse to remain comfortable where I was.
We’re designed to be living in our flow, to be realising our truest purpose and being our most authentic selves.
By being true to that purpose and stepping up to the challenge, you are creating the greatest legacy possible for any human being.
So if you’re finding yourself living each and every day wanting more and uncertain whether or not you should take that step forward into the unknown, ask yourself ‘So what’ over and over until you become closely acquainted with every single fear that is holding you back.
You might just surprise yourself with how clear the path ahead becomes once you face your uncertainty head on, ready to turn your fear, into your flow.