A 2017 Gallup Poll found that only 30% of full-time employees felt engaged at work, at least, in the United States. Worldwide, those numbers were even more discouraging, with at least 85% of workers feeling disengaged or unhappy with their present employment. Truly, does anyone like their job?
Job burnout is a primary cause of unhappiness. However, we all know that working is something we must do because we need to earn money to support our families and sustain our existence on this planet. Yet, it is surprising how many people settle for jobs they are discontent with, rather than pursuing something meaningful and satisfying.
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Work takes up a major source of your time, so spending all your time unhappy at a job can be very stressful; even after you leave work at night to go home. You may feel tired, or less than enthused about having to face another day. This negative energy carries over into your family and personal relationships. You may not feel like playing with the kids, cooking a healthy meal or going to the gym because you are “living to work” and “working to live”. That’s enough to make anyone cranky.
How can you get out of this vicious cycle?
First, address what it is about your job you dislike. Is it…
- The hours or the job duties?
- A dead-end job that allows no opportunities for advancement?
- Your co-workers?
- Too much traveling or time away from your loved ones?
- Unfulfilling because you’d rather be doing something entrepreneurial or that you feel passionate about?
No matter what the reason, you do have the ability to do something about it. Most people just settle for a job because they are afraid to do what they truly love. They are afraid to make the first steps towards happiness. Hopefully after reading this, your feelings will start to change.
Do What You Love and Love What You Do
One of the biggest reasons people fail to love their jobs is because they lack one crucial characteristic shared by the 30% of people who do love their job. That quality is self-confidence. Knowing and believing you can be, do or have something is a principle we should embrace wholeheartedly.
You may feel fear of many things, such as rejection, incompetence, experience, time or something else. What is holding YOU back from pursuing your dream job? It could be simply clarity and focus. If you don’t know what you want to do, then you will never pursue it. That is the first determination that must be made.
Secondly, action is required. Let’s say you have been dreaming of becoming a real estate broker, but you talk yourself out of it by saying things like, “I don’t have time to take the classes”, or “It’s too expensive”, or some other excuse. So, how long will you settle for a job you dislke, rather than taking steps towards achieving your dreams?
The point is that you can’t just sit there and expect your dream job or new business to fall in your lap. You must take steps every day to get to that goal, whatever that may be. It all depends on what you would consider your dream job, and that answer is different for every individual.
If you sit on the sidelines, you will always remain stuck where you are now. You are settling for less than you deserve, and you are not fulfilling your destiny; your life’s purpose. When you love what you do, and do what you love, you will find working much more enjoyable. You will be happier around your family and friends. Who knows, you might even make a lot more money and be able to afford and do the things you have been longing to do!