“I hate my job!” were the words that came out of one of my associate’s mouth.
“You hate your job?” I asked hoping that they would possibly rephrase their statement.
“I sure do,” they replied with no less confidence than before.
Those words stayed with me long after our conversation. During that conversation the associate elaborated on the hundred point list as to why they hated their job. It included their dislike of management leadership, work hours, and benefits. It boggles my brain, though, how individuals choose to sit on a job and just complain about it. If I know my car won’t operate the best without get a tune up, guess what I do? To the mechanic shop I go. I figure out what needs to happen to get my car running right again. In essence, to make me happy and to get accomplished what it is I need or want to do. Being content or at least neutral about your job or career is no different. It’s all about attitude and action. You always have one of two options to being engaged in your place of work.
- Find a new job. You don’t HAVE to stay in current position. No arms are being twisted. No gun is being held to your temple. You can start the journey of seeking new employment, whether its internal or external to your current position. It may not be that easy to just up and leave one position and obtain a new one, but you can start making some plans to meet that goal. Are you stuck in that position? Are there some other skills that you need to obtain? Do you need to network? Start building a plan for your next move to find that happiness. But while you do that, focus on the positives of your current job. You know; like the fact that you even have one? How about the fact that its paying some or all your bills? A simple change of attitude will make the passing time until your next job go that much more smoothly.
- Quit complaining and find a way to be passionate about what you currently do. Maybe finding a new job isn’t an option for you. Being passionate about a job or career that you wouldn’t re-apply for doesn’t mean that you fall in love with it. It clearly just means to make the most of it. If you have that job, obviously there is some level of competency that you hold to do it. Show that off! Put 100% of your skills and talents into your daily work. Remember, being passionate is all about being true to yourself. If you’re just sitting around complaining, knowing that you’re capable of so much more, then you’re not being true to yourself. Take pride in what you do accomplish. That feeling is capable of overshadowing the lack of something you feel the job doesn’t have. Make tactful suggestions to your superiors. Help enhance current processes. Do something that makes a difference, even if it’s just starting with you!
Hope these tips of putting positive attitude and action into play make all the difference! If you’re LOVING your job consider your self blessed and taking the right steps thus far! To my associate out there, I’ll be shooting this blog post right over to their email today!
Until next time, passionistas, Live Passionately Out Loud!