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What Do Your Dreams Tell You About Your Work and Career?

What Do Your Dreams Tell You About Your Work and Career?

Though not everyone concerns themselves with the content of their dreams, certain symbols can correspond with common work and life stresses. Unsurprisingly, recurring signs may indicate subconscious struggles or emotions in our waking lives. Especially when it comes to work, understanding your latent desires can help you better handle real life. Decoding the following eleven dream patterns may uncover hidden stresses and opinions, letting you function more effectively.

Houses

Houses are believed to be complex dream tokens. Different rooms in a house may be analogous to different parts of your mind. Each room may represent a memory, an event, an emotion, or an interpretation of events. For example, basements usually reflect emotions or experiences you’ve suppressed or neglected. When it comes to work, dreaming about a house could reflect a desire to compartmentalize your life, or it might be a sign you are nervous that you’re missing something.

Demons

If you’ve been dreaming of demons, this may also stand for repressed emotions. When these troublesome creatures pop up, it may be a sign that your heart and your head disagree. Especially when it comes to your career, demons may personify past conflicts you’re still struggling to get over.

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Animals

On the other hand, animals are believed to represent the parts of us that are connected to nature. Animals may connote primal urges or a need to survive, which makes them common symbols if work stress is infiltrating your dreams.

Murder or Violence

If you’ve ever woken up confused from a strangely violent dream, don’t panic. Killing in dreams is thought to be an expression of your wish to kill off challenges in your own life. A dream about killing usually symbolizes hostility towards a person, and may symbolize conflict at work.

Dying

On the other hand, dreams about dying yourself signify big changes in life.  Dying in your dream is thought to reflect the end of one thing and the beginning of another, and may pop up when you’re taking on new projects at work.

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Being Chased

Another common dream is being chased by something. When you are being chased by something in a dream, it’s usually a reflection of feeling threatened. Unfortunately, these uncomfortable dreams are all too common when we are under pressure at work. Though the anxieties we feel dreaming about being chased are real, it’s better to focus on what you’re trying to get away from in your career.

Transportation

Missing a flight or train usually shows the frustration over missing out on opportunities.This dream will usually come up if you’re facing a big decision at work. However, dreaming of taking transportation is often a symbol of how much control we feel we have over life. If the car, train, or plane you’re on is in control, it may symbolize successfully completing a career task. However, an out of control vehicle could reflect your fear of challenges that lie ahead.

Flying

Another way in which our dreams show how in control we feel are dreams about flying. How adept you are at flying in your dream and what you are flying away from expresses how prepared you feel for upcoming work challenges. However, both at work and at home, dreaming about flying can be an indication of trouble letting go of certain things or feeling out of control in your waking life.

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Money

Additionally, money is believed to symbolize self worth. Especially if you are exchanging money, this may be a subconscious sign that you are putting yourself in a compromising position at work.

Other People

If you are seeing groups of other people in your dreams it may be a reflection of your own different qualities. Other people we talk to in dreams are believed to be projections of different sides of yourself. Conversations you have with these apparitions could be indications of repressed feelings at work.

Water

Finally, a common dream symbol that has different meanings, depending on the way it appears, is water or bodies of water. Believed to symbolize the unconscious mind, calm pools of water tend to appear when you’re generally peaceful and feel in control of your career. A choppy surface on an ocean or lake usually indicates inner tension, which may be a sign you need to take time away from work to relax.

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Last Updated on September 23, 2020

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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