Do you hate your job? Do you, like so many people, experience Monday-itis every day? You know, where you feel overworked, underappreciated, under paid and totally unfulfilled. I think if we are all honest with ourselves, we never fully love our jobs each second of every day. There are times when we just wish it would all go away, where we would win the lottery and never have to work again. Dream on!
Unfortunately, this is a reality almost half of us face. According to a survey conducted by staffing agency Kelly Services, covering 120,000 respondents globally, 48% of employees are unhappy in their current jobs. 48%!!! So if we are unhappy in our jobs, what can we do about it? Life is too short and too precious to waste time not being happy and satisfied in our careers, especially when it is such a big part of our lives. I can hear some of you already say ‘but you don’t understand. My workplace is HORRIBLE! There is no WAY I could make this any better’. Well, take a look at the following three tips, implement them and tell me if you still feel the same.
- Change your focus. When you are unhappy in your job, most likely there’ll be a few things that stick out like thorns. You focus on those and all you see is thorns! When in reality, you are missing the flowers amongst the thorns. For instance, while your boss and colleagues might be from Planet Insane, the receptionist is really nice. There is free tea and coffee offered. There is a great park around the corner where you can go on your breaks. You can listen to music through your ear phones while you work. Basically, look for the gold amongst the crap. Focus on the gold and you will see more while the horrible stuff will seem to diminish.
- Visualise your exit plan. I’m not saying day dream all day, every day. In moments where times are really tough, take a 10 minute break, grab a tea or coffee and visualise your inspiring career future. Go into all the small details like what are you wearing, what expression is on your face, what are people saying to you. By creating a compelling future, you not only get motivated to make it happen sooner but you are more able to accept your current reality knowing that it is only temporary.
- Take Action. Don’t wait for things to change; you need to make things change. If you are wanting more of a challenge, speak up. If you want to connect more with colleagues, go and talk to them. If you want more money, put a case together and ask for a raise (NOTE: this is a big step and you need to be prepared. More information at www.littleaussiecheerleader.com). If you never ask or act, things will never change. It’s your life so you need to be happy with how you are living it.
So now it’s your turn. How are you going to bring glitter into your workplace? Tell me what is 1 action step you are going to take to turn your mundane job into an inspiring step in your fulfilling career? Remember it’s all possible, everything you need is within you right now.