For me, there’s nothing worse than waking up and going to a job that you hate ?. Most people think it’s just the way it is. Well, it’s not. And as long as you believe that it is, you’ll remain where you are…at a sucky job with dental.
Know that it’s absolutely possible to wake up everyday and love what you do. You should never tolerate the following feelings nor should you ever ignore the following red flags being thrown your way.
Here’s the list of “10 Signs You’re At The Wrong Job”:
1. You secretly wish you had the janitor’s job. When you’d rather be paid to mop the floors or shine the windows, you can be sure that your current job is not the one for you. Even the decrease in pay (if it’s even a decrease!) doesn’t seem like a huge hit. You contemplate it, but your college degree hangs over your head and convinces you otherwise.
2. You have a serious case of the Monday blues. You wake up on Monday morning feeling all sorts of stress, anxiety, sadness and maybe even depression. Going into work everyday feels you’ve just entered a prison, leaving your freedom at the door. You wish away the week to get to Friday so that you can actually do more of the things you love to do.
3. Your lunch break is not about eating lunch. It’s about breaking free for an hour. You’ve broken away for just enough time so that you can make happy hour plans (to drink away the day), step outside and breathe in another world that you don’t know of and to Google any new job openings. Each day, you see it out that your lunch hour is utilized to its fullest.
4. You are overly sensitive and highly emotional in the workplace. You can feel yourself on the verge of crying when your boss calls you into his or her office. When you’re called out for making a mistake or not going the extra mile, you want to lash out, “I don’t care! I don’t care about this job anyway!” You have a private breakdown in your car, bedroom or wherever the emotions come flooding to the surface.
5. You can’t quite understand how anybody would enjoy the type of work you do. You observe a few of your fellow employees who look like they genuinely enjoy this work. It confuses you. “But, how can that be?” you wonder. You just don’t get it. They actually like selling this ridiculous product? They don’t mind wearing a suit everyday? They’re OK with doing meaningless work? It boggles your mind. And the mystery continues.
6. You feel completely uninspired and unfulfilled. Something is missing. You feel it in your bones and at the deepest core of your being. You know that something is just not right. You’ve completely lost yourself and what it is that you really want. You’ve given up your sense of joy for a measly paycheck. You know that there’s something greater out there for you, whether or not you’re able to pinpoint exactly what that is right now.
7. When people ask you how work is going, you respond “eh good,” and quickly move on. You’d rather willingly give up a limp than to talk (or even think) about your job for one second on your free time. Unless, of course you have the opportunity to completely bash everything about it, then you’re happy to vent. But, other than that, you’d rather not relive the daily life of your job.
8. You have no desire to learn new things or improve your performance. The level of care for the job you do is pretty much non-existent.
When I was in a job that was all wrong for me, we used to have a meeting first thing every Monday morning. At the end of this dreaded meeting, we’d have to go around in a circle and say what our “Win” of the week was. (Real fun! ?) Every week (like clock work), I’d get extremely uncomfortable because the progress I was making was equivalent to that of a snail’s pace.
I mean c’mon, is anyone motivated to accomplish tasks that they just aren’t passionate about? No way! At some point, the money just isn’t worth it anymore.
9. You wonder what would happen if you quit and joined the Peace Corps (or moved to Hawaii ? or went soul-searching ? or started a non-profit ?)…Or did pretty much anything else than what you’re currently doing.
Your mind constantly wanders to what the world is like on the other side of these walls.
Alternate options and solutions come racing in from every angle, but you worry that you’d be making the wrong decision and end up right back where you are. So you remain paralyzed.
10. You feel completely stuck and trapped. You feel like a trapped tiger in its cage. You attempt to think your way out of the job, but even that seems impossible, nevermind taking action to actually leave. You may just decide to “suck it up” and tolerate the toll it’s taking on your well-being because as far as you can see, there’s no way out.
If any of the signs above sound familiar, it’s time to reevaluate. I’m here to tell you that your Monday can feel just as fantastic as your Saturday . You should wake up feeling liberated everyday. This lifestyle that I speak of is available to you. But, you must decide to discover it once and for all.
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