It’s amazing what happens to sickly plants when we add a little water, prune away the dead branches, and perhaps add a little plant food. With just a little care and attention, most perennial plants will come back to life, and thrive and grow again.

Do you nurture your own life like a gardener would his plants, or do you neglect some areas? If its the latter try applying some gardening principles to your life and you could be amazed at the results.

During the flowering season, its important to keep an eye on wilting blossoms, and gently remove them from the dead petals. Doing this allows a new flower to bloom in its place. Ignoring it results in the decay spreading down the stalk and to the rest of the plant. The good news though, is that even if decay does set in, the plant can recover – clip away the dead parts of the plant and new growth will sprout forth!

For most of us, we spend a huge proportion of our waking lives working. Unless youre independently wealthy, this cant be helped. But the day has long since past when we have to view our work as a necessary evil. If youre committed to it, you really can find work that you enjoy, that fulfills you and that eliminates the dreaded Monday Blues forever.

But how do you find that work? Well, the first thing to do is look at what you already enjoy doing outside of work. Is there a way for you to turn a hobby into a living? Can you envisage yourself doing that? Does the idea excite you?

Some other questions to ask yourself: If you were independently wealthy but chose to work anyway, what would you choose to do? If you could wave a magic wand and be guaranteed success, what would you do? Reflecting on these questions can help spark some ideas to consider.

However, when exploring new career directions youll also need to explore some deeper questions if youre going to find job satisfaction that will last past the novelty of the new. If youre not honouring your personal values in your day to day work, you will have a gnawing sense of dissatisfaction, eventhough you may not be able to pinpoint the reason for it.

Sometimes, it is not the job that is wrong for you, but the environment, people and culture in the place where youre doing it. When youre clear on what your values are you can decide if the changes you need are more environmental or if a total career change might indeed be required.

Maybe the problem is that you dont feel fulfilled. You might be thinking youd like to make a meaningful contribution, but again you cant clarify in your mind exactly what kind of contribution that needs to be. We each have a purpose in life, though somehow only a lucky few of us have always known what that is. Some of us stumble upon it and more of us find it through a deliberate process of self-discovery. Sadly, some never do discover it and meander through life rather than truly living it.

As I write this, I am actually also watching “No Going Back” on TV. Its following the life of a couple who gave up their life in London to run a guest-house with adventure activities in France. Amy is on her knees cleaning a toilet in one of the guest bathrooms. Its non-stop cooking, cleaning, cooking, cleaning all day and its a million miles from the high- flying career and lifestyle to match thats shes given up. And she says: “you know what, Id still rather be doing this than my old job”.

Everybody has different values and a different purpose in life, and so what they get out of what they do is unique, as is what they give. Amys purpose is to look after people and make them happy and so cleaning toilets for her is fulfilling, whereas Im sure it would be a million miles from fulfilling for many others. It all depends on your perspective and how it all fits into the overall picture.

Figuring out what it is that will give that joy can be tricky, and when you do discover it, its only the first step. But the journey of moving towards it can be every bit as rewarding as arriving there.