Even if you are not where you want to be, that’s just for today. Hating your job sucks, but if it’ll make you feel any better, it happens to the best of us. The reason it happens to the best of us is because discomfort is the stepping stone to the next level. It’s not personal. It's simply the mental climb we all tackle on the way to what we want. It's a right of passage.
The great news is that if it happens to all of us, there's a way out. Check out some tips and tricks to shake it off.
Sometimes, all it takes is a little budge.
It's actually okay if you hate your job. For most people, the majority of the tasks they did at jobs they hated provided clarity or a set of skills they would have ignored if life hadn't forced it on them. Drop the narrative on time wasted. There are no such things as wrong turns. There are only lessons.
When you do this, the intensity of the discomfort and disappointment will pass. Even an extreme annoyance with a boss or a daily task can ease up when you begin to understand that everything can be a stepping stone to what you really want, if you let it serve it's purpose.
Most of the greatest success stories started in the mailroom or in a garage, but they didn't focus on where they were started. They focused on two things, a good start and where they were headed.
When we feel stuck, we are face to face with two things: what you want and what you don’t. That’s half the battle, kid.
When you figure out what you want, there are two things that will help you enjoy the process.
First, focus your efforts on being good at something you dislike. The dream job is coming. Spend your day nurturing the mindset you will need for it. As they say, “Dress (your mind) for the job you like.”
Second, aim. The thrill of the aim will get you up in the morning.
What would your life look like at your next job? How would you feel every morning? What are the list of things that you think come with that life? Fitter? Happier?
Start being those things now. Feel like a million bucks in the clothes you own. Feel happier in the space you have. Feel it. Keep that. Have it for breakfast. Walk it to work. Walk it home. Trust that the universe is already moving to get it to you.
Begin to see yourself there and there you will be.
Inspirational videos on Youtube have saved the best of us on a tough day. It'll go a long way to listen to someone pump you up on the hard days. Whether it's Tom Bilyeu, TED Talks, or your favorite commencement speech, the ones who came before you know how it feels to push through a funk.
Look for something that'll make you feel inspired. If you have a bad thought, play something inspiring. Learn to push the negative and repetitive thoughts aside. Focus on the new attitude. Inject your optimism in everything you do.That’s a badass feeling and if you change, so will everything else.
Stoic philosopher, Seneca, wrote, “...hard times can be softened, tight squeezes widened, and heavy loads made lighter for those who can apply the right pressure.”
See you out there.