When you place certainty and security in your career above mission and desire there is a terrible cost.

I’ll get to that in a minute.

This cost is simply a sign from your unconscious that is trying to scream at you to get you on track and on mission so you can bring to this world your highest potential as a change agent in the world.

The universe absolutely wants you at your optimal performance.

Job security and certainty is nice, but most people that rely too heavily on security sacrifice their highest mission and are ultimately unfulfilled, dissatisfied, and have a bitter taste about their career.

I’ve spoken to enough people to know this is the case. And if you look at the data, job dissatisfaction in many studies is as high as 70%.

The simple explanation here is we’ve all been indoctrinated into a massive deception. The deception is you can’t do exactly what you want, how you want, with whom you want and get paid as much as you want in your career on your own terms.

This deception keeps people engaged in labor forces that overpowers its workers and underpays them.

I’ve been one before. I’m done with that, because it was ruining my life.

Yeah I felt ok somedays about my work. Yeah my life was decent at best. But most days I didn’t really want to go to work. I felt weak and small that I wasn’t earning the money I wanted. I felt like I was selling out by not being able to practice therapy the exact way I wanted with the exact population I wanted to serve.

So, if you’re stuck at a job or not wildly successful in a practice and you have a dream of it being different, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about here.

So, what are the indicators that you’re probably placing job security too heavily over your true mission and calling? (And don’t forget it’s ruling and ruining your life to some degree. There’s just no way around that.)

Well, here they are…

You will wake up feeling like you have to go to “work” out of an obligation.

Work will feel like work is separate from the rest of your life rather than completely integrated.

Your job will be slightly or greatly unfulfilling.

You will complain about tasks you have to do, people you need to meet with, and meetings you have to go to.

You will look at your paycheck and feel strained, stressed, or even relief that you can barely pay your bills when it comes.

Monday will come and you will say, crap here it goes again.

Friday will come and you will TGIF it.

You will feel depressed, anxious, stuck, and paralyzed in your career.

You will crave more money and feel uncertain if you can earn it.

You will blame people at work for making your life miserable.

You will cry at night that it’s not possible to achieve what you want in your career.

You may long for a full practice, but will tell yourself it’s too risky to do it.

You will tell yourself a story you’re just not going to ever be a great business owner.

You will feel like you are pretty successful at what you do, but don’t have what it takes to be the best at what you do.

You will idealize famous people or resent them for achieving so much in their life.

You will wonder if you will spend the rest of your life losing money or breaking even with your finances.

You will hope for a “decent” retirement that will leave you at best tightly wound, strapped, and stressed.

You will focus on retirement as an important factor in continuing your current crappy situation, because you don’t trust yourself to achieve your dreams.

You will wish you could be like someone else in your life that you believe is more capable than you at achieving their dreams.

Ok. I could go on and on. But if this already pinched you know where you’re stuck.

Now for the great news!

Remember this is all the unconscious wanting you to get back on track and hit your potential. So none of it is bad! It’s just a message.

This all goes away tomorrow as soon as you devote all of yourself to your highest vision for your career. Gone. Forever.

Remembering focusing too heavily on security at the expense of your true mission actually ruins your live. It will not support you to become more aligned, fulfilled, and free. Over focusing on security has it’s moments as a stepping stone, but as a way of life it will only drain you.

Imagine the possibility of feeling like work and life are completely one. And you are receiving so much money and smart with it that you will never need to worry about it again. You are healing people exactly the way you want with exactly who you want to serve. And no one dictates your time, only you do. You love the week and the weekends. You love your clients and your colleagues. You love your life. This can start today if you are not already there.

Go after you career dreams fully, because no one is going to do it for you. The only thing people will do is take away your dreams if you let them.

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Keith Kurlander

Keith Kurlander is the founder of Higher Practice, a company dedicated to helping therapists achieve their highest potential in private practice. He has two decades of combined experience in business administration, group facilitation, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, yoga instruction and as a licensed professional counselor in private practice.