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Do you dislike your job?

Updated on December 25, 2011

Don't like your Job?

Do you wake up on a morning and think ‘Oh no not another day!’ Drag yourself out of bed and go about your day on auto pilot not connecting with your surroundings much? You’ve accepted your situation, you can’t just walk out of your job, you can’t tell your boss where to go. If you did that would probably land you on the streets or without food on your table. A little too dramatic, perhaps, but I’m sure you get the picture.

Sometimes your job just sucks, sometimes there’s no more room to grow and it stifles your creativity. It makes you feel stuck, suffocated perhaps. What can you do, it’s a job, a job d that so many people would be grateful for in this time of economic crisis. But it isn’t the end of the road, you don’t have to give up hope, shrug and get on with it. Life is constantly changing and your circumstances won’t be forever.

The first thing to ask yourself is:

What makes you happy?

What would it feel like to wake up every morning and look forward to the day ahead? What would your ideal life be? Take a moment and write out your life. Write out the things that would make you feel this way. If you had the life you wanted what would it be like? Write it all out. What would you be doing? How would you be doing it? Where would you be doing it? This could take you a while. Sometimes we’re stuck in a rut and we forget what we want, we loose focus of what we wanted. So it may take a while for it to come back to you.

After you’ve got a feel for what you ant the next step is to ask:

What steps would you take to get you to the life you want?

Do you want a new job? What is that new job? Would you need to get more qualifications, would you need to go back to school? How long would it take you to reach this goal?

Goal setting is like a map, it gives you a clear direction of where you need to go step by step Once you have a clear vision of what you want and what steps you’ll need to take to get there you’re headed in the right direction.

When you’ve set goals you will immediately begin to feel better. Why? Because you can see yourself getting out of the rut. It’s no longer hopeless. Now you have hope. I heard a saying once from the Oprah Winfrey show once. She said ‘Hope is not a plan.’ I’ll never forget that. Hope is a good thing but it isn’t a plan to get you out of your situation. You have to make plans to get out of the rut. The results might not be immediate but you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Another thing to ask yourself is:

What’s stopping you from changing your situation?

Once your goals are set are there any obstacles that could stop you from achieving these goals? Is it an Education, time, fear? Once you know your obstacles and you acknowledge them you will begin to take positives steps forward.

Set realistic time to achieve your goals

If it’s going to take you a year to move from your job to something better then set it to a year. Don’t make it less. Setting it less will only discourage you when you don’t see the immediate results. If you have to go back to school, set a realistic time scale. Once you have it in your mind that you will achieve something you will begin to feel a lot less concerned about your current situation. Your energy and focus will be set on making these changes and there will be no more time for moping or moaning about how bad your current job is.

Get Started

You’ve set your goals, you’ve mapped the path on how to get there. Now all you need to do is to get started. This is where most of us fail. We fail to get started. We fail to take action. So from this point forth take the step. Enrol on that course, update your C.V. apply for the jobs you want on a regular basis. Set yourself a goal to send out applications at least twice a week.

So you’ve listed your goals, mapped the direction and you’ve taken action but at the moment you’re still stuck in your present job. What do you do in the meantime?

This is what helped me

I began to be in a state of gratitude. It may feel hard to do in the present situation but it was the best thing I could do for myself. I looked at my job and gave thanks. I shifted my mind set from complaining to thanks. What was I thankful for since the job sucked?

I was thankful for the job. Because of this job I could put food on the table that gave me the energy to follow my dreams. I was thankful for this job because it paid my internet bill that allowed me to go online to fulfil my dreams. My job kept a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in so that I was ready and refreshed to face each day as I focused on my goals.

The point? Realising that even though your job may not be the best at this point in time it is the fuel that can take you to a better place. If I personally didn’t have a job I wouldn’t have been able to pay my bills thus making me worried and unable to give energy to achieve the things I want.

Hopefully this makes sense. Once you’re grateful for what you have, then that which you desire will find its way to you. Set your goals, map the direction, take action and give thanks.

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    • wetnosedogs profile image

      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      I do hate my day job, but grateful I can pay the bills. I'm getting burned out, I admit. Need to go on to the alternative. Thanks for this great hub.

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      lin8t 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi wetnosedogs I know the feeling. I now know it isn't the way to live especially if the job is draining. Thanks for your comment and all the best.

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