Sometimes doing the same thing every day is not exciting but when we can be content with our job and our life we will be happier and more successful.
"What makes us discontented with our condition is the absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others." Author: French Proverb
We like excitement, we like new things, we like the thrill of new experiences and this is human nature; this is what makes us exciting people; but this excitement does not bring contentment, if we do not already have contentment. It can actually make us more miserable because when the excitement is over we are left with the same regular everyday stuff as before. When we realize contentment is inside of us and not in an experience or in things, we can fully enjoy every moment, when we do the exciting fun things in life.
"He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” Author: Socrates
When we are content with our job, and we plan on staying at our job a long time, we will want to excel, so we put 100% of our energy into making our job better.
When we are not content with our job, it’s "impossible" to do our best and give 100%!
Because, when we are always thinking "there is a better job out there somewhere for me, I should be looking around and not just settling for what I have; I will keep my eyes & options open for new and better opportunities where I will really excel": this causes us to be distracted and not able to excel. People who treat their jobs as temporary, always keeping their options open, only doing enough to keep their job, are usually the first ones to get passed up for promotions.
It is the people who just dig in and say, "I will work today at this job as if I am going to work here for the rest of my life; I am going to be the very best I can be at what I am doing right now", are the people who get the promotions, the raises, and the job offers from other companies.
Have you ever kept thinking that there is a better life out there, somewhere; compared to your current one you are living?
I have a friend who has been married since she was 17 years old to a very nice man, she did not pursue the career like she had dreamed of, instead she wanted to have children and be a stay at home mom. But she was never content with this; she kept thinking she was missing out on something. She wanted a stable home but she kept moving her family around a lot, about every 6 months to a year. She wanted her husband to stay at one job, but then she kept telling him his job wasn’t good enough, he needs to find a better job; she wanted her kids to be well behaved and not hyper-active, but when she wanted them to behave she would yell at them to behave. She did the opposite of everything she wanted and the problem was everything she wanted, she was sabotaging. She thought what she wanted was going to be a place or a thing or a person.
Then one day she was so tired after so many years of searching, she stopped searching. She slowed down and just sat back and started enjoying the everyday things in life. And, that is when she finally realized she had everything she had ever wanted all along and she was content.
But she did not sit back for very long, because when she was finally content, that is exactly when all the excitement started happening, the opportunities just opened up, and she started realizing all of her dreams were coming true.
She was able to start the career that she always wanted; her husband retired from his steady job (and was able to help her). She had her stable home, her children were all doing wonderful, and her grandchildren are amazing.
1Timothy 6:6-7 NIV "godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it."