Do you dislike your job? Do you feel like you’re selling your life away?
Many people remain in jobs they dislike because of financial responsibilities or because they believe they don’t have any other alternatives. We’ve all been there. But few things in life are as draining as having a job you hate.
Your job shouldn’t make you miserable!
And you shouldn’t feel mentally and emotionally drained after a day of work.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life”, Steve Jobs once said, “and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle.”
Here are 10 reasons your job is sucking the life out of you, why you’re letting it, and some things you can do to change it.
1. You don’t like what you do. We tend to forget that work should be enjoyable. After all, it’s what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life. Why not make it more than a means to pay the bills and do something that is going to make you happy? When you do something you love doing, your work is gratifying and personally rewarding. If you dislike your job, ask yourself why, and if you don’t know why you’re there, consider some alternatives. Or better yet, consider doing what you were put on this earth to do. The money will come.
2. You’re not giving your best. When we don’t give our best at work, we only hurt ourselves. But when we develop the habit of performing more service than paid for, in time we will receive a monetary return that far outweighs the service rendered. According to The Law of Success, “No one may become a real leader in any walk of life without practicing the habit of doing more work and better work than that for which he is paid.”
3. You’re not getting recognition for your contributions. We all want to be recognized for our contributions and achievements. Most employers know this and a good boss will appreciate you and say thank you. But it doesn’t always happen. Ask yourself if you are doing enough. If your contributions are significant and you’re still not getting the recognition you deserve, focus on the organization’s mission and excel at delivering it. If that doesn’t work, you may need to consider other alternatives, including finding an employer who appreciates you.
4. You’re underpaid. Do you know why you are underpaid? Be honest. If you haven’t learned any new skills since you’ve been there, then you’re not living up to your potential and you’re not delivering excellence. In that case, you may need to learn some new skills. But if you are giving your best and your contributions are significant, maybe it’s time to ask for a raise.
5. You’ve settled. You know you have potential and you know you can achieve more. But you’ve settled for something that pays the bills. So you remain in a job you dislike simply to make ends meet. If you’re reading this now, there’s a good chance you’re unhappy with that decision. Don’t settle for less than you are capable of achieving. You owe it to yourself and the people you love to achieve your God-given potential.
6. Your job is not your life’s work. It’s just a job. Perhaps you’re staying at your job because it’s a stepping stone to something better. So you see it as a temporary situation. There’s nothing wrong with that, and we’ve all done it. Do your best while you’re there, appreciate the opportunity, and when you’re ready, move forward. Your life’s work awaits you.
7. You lack work life balance. There’s a big difference between living to work and working to live. With advances in technology, many people are still connected to their jobs by phone or email even after they leave the office for the day. What’s the point of earning money if you don’t have the opportunity to spend it properly with the people you enjoy most?
8. You’re not being challenged. If you’ve been at your job a long time, it’s entirely possible you’ve become complacent. You know your job well and you meet expectations, but the work is no longer challenging. If you’ve stopped learning and advancing your knowledge, there’s a good chance your job is emotionally draining. Reject complacency and challenge yourself to continue learning new things. In the process, you’ll become an expert in your field.
9. You’ve become cynical. Yes, life is tough. And it’s easy to become cynical, but what makes life worth living is the ideals by which we live and thrive. When you’re excited about what you do, you have more energy. You are happy and your outlook on life is positive. Don’t let life get you down. Remember that you have greatness in you, and everything you’ve gone through has prepared you for what is to come.
10. You feel trapped. You know that your job is emotionally draining and it’s certainly not your life’s work, but you have no other way to pay your bills and live the life you have become accustomed to. Fortunately, you are not stuck where you are. Many people have transformed their lives in remarkable ways after finding their life purpose and making it their life’s work. If you’re willing to make the discoveries, you will find a way to do what you were put on this earth to do and make your unique impact on the world.
If you already know what you were put on this earth to do, then you are doing yourself and your loved ones a disservice by doing anything else. When your work becomes your life message, it’s no longer work at all.
I am excited about the possibilities that your future holds.
- It’s our basic human right to do something we love to do.
- We have a responsibility to use our unique talents and abilities to make a difference in the world.
- When you step out in faith and realign your lifestyle around what’s most important to you, magical things start happening.