How many of us out here are busting our butts at jobs we don’t love? Maybe jobs we don’t even like. Whether it’s our bosses, the work we do, our coworkers or our companies, we’ve all been there.
Apparently, 85% of people hate their jobs and I don’t want either one of us to be in that statistic.
After working countless jobs that I didn’t love, I called up my mom one day and asked her a serious question, “Is this normal? Does everyone hate their job? Or am I crazy? I’m definitely crazy, but I don’t think I’m wrong about this one.” Wherever I go it seems that people don’t like the places their employed.
Why is important that we find a way to love our Job? For starters we spend 40 hours a week at our job (at least), if we stay at the same job for 5 years we will have spent the equivalent of a whole year at work, yep you heard me 365 days, 24/7 at work. So isn’t really important to find a way to love your job? Unless you plan on quitting you have to either find a way to love your job or be like 85% of the population that is miserable.
Loving your job is a choice, The only thing in life we can control is ourselves and our reactions so if we have to stay in a job that we don’t necessarily like then we have 2 choices find a way to make the best of it and find be happy or leave. I am going to give you some tips that focus on the former,
First, consider why you don’t love your job?
I’m sure your list can go on and on
Now consider this, why do you stay at a job you don’t like?
Fear of failing
Lack of initiative to find anything else
Not having clear goals
Lack of skills
Comfort and stability
I’m sure this list could go on just as long.
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Basically, you’re feeling stuck, you don’t love your job but you don’t want to leave either, so what do you do? The good news is you’ve decided that you want something to change otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. You want to find a way to be happy at work and really love your job.
Love is a mindset
While reading “The Happiness Advantage” I found a great example of this. Amy Wrzensniewski, a Yale psychologist made a living studying how people perceive their jobs. Through intensive research, she came to the conclusion that people see their profession in 1 of 3 ways, as a job, a career, or a calling. In this description, a job is just a paycheck. A career is a long-term objective goal to advance and succeed and a calling is a feeling that you have a purpose in your position that makes a difference in the world. Anyone is privy to seeing their profession in any 1 of these categories no matter what the job actually is.
People that see their job as a calling love what they do. The best part is, you get to choose what category you see yourself in. It has nothing to do with the actual work being done and has everything to do with you finding your purpose for being where you are.
Follow the cheese
If you’ve been working somewhere for a while and you never had an issue until everything started changing then you need to read the book, “Who Moved My Cheese”? Basically, the story is about 2 mice that have to look for new opportunities when their cheese runs out but they are reluctant to, they like the normal cheese they’ve been having for so long. It is a funny way of explaining how things inevitably change and shift. Some people fight against change and cause friction and others find a way to make a new situation work for them. Learn to adapt to change and forge a new path for yourself. Don’t let it discourage you, embrace new opportunities and you will be happier for it.
Stay focused on the bigger picture
Maybe you know that the company your working for isn’t your future. You’re young you have your whole life ahead of you to work different jobs and make a career for yourself. The key to this though is to have a plan, have goals for your future, know where you want to be in a year, 5 years, 10 years! If things aren’t going the way you want to focus on the bigger picture, focus on the life that you want to build for yourself and understand that where you are now is a stepping stone for getting where you want to be. Get motivated about your future
(This is a real life picture of me happy at work while my coworker captures all the happiness)
Remember that you have the power to be happy.
At the end of the day, no matter the situation, you get to decide if you want to be happy or not. If you have to stay at a job you don’t like for financial reasons do everything you can to do it with a positive attitude. We love to blame our bosses and our jobs for our problems, but you are the only one that can change your life. The best way to combat being miserable in life is to plan ahead and choose happiness above all else.
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So the question is, what are you going to do today to make your life better tomorrow?