I constantly hear the chatter of get rid of JOB and do this or that (mostly from direct sales firms or MLM). They draw on your discontent with your job (notice the small letters) and the emotions that go with it. While we should all be striving to better ourselves, we should never jump from the frying pan into the fire.
I am an avid believer in never letting your circumstances control you; you have to control your circumstances. No, your job may not be ideal, but it is not the worst either. Just watch Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel to realize that.
In today’s economy it is estimated that the real unemployment/under employed number is around 18%. Most, if not all, of that 18% would love to have to your job. They are unemployed because there are not that many jobs and the competition for the jobs is fierce. So, right now, most people would be extremely happy just to have a job, not their dream job.
Love your job and you can release tension from your job and your life.
Let’s take at your job. You may be doing a boring, less rewarding job than you would like. But, you have a job. You may not be able to reach your full potential. But you have a job. You deserve better, more. Well so does the approximately 15 million unemployed or underemployed.
There is no perfect job; nothing in this world perfect. So, it is my advice to learn to be happy where you are. Learn to love your job, your situation. That first starts by shifting your attitude from complaining to gratitude. Celebrate the fact you have a job and can work.
Your job may be boring, frustrating at times and not rewarding in your eyes, but remember:
- It is your main source of income, your bread and butter if you will
- You pay your bills with the income
- You pay your taxes (and we all dislike this part of our job) with this income
- You provide for your family with this income
Your present job may be the foundation for something bigger, or a stepping stone to your dream job. As long as you dwell on the negative and not look at the positive, you will never know.
But, and this is a big but, YOU HAVE TO SEE THE POSITIVE. If you can’t be happy where you are, when and where will you ever be happy?
It isn’t easy to love a boring or dull job. It can be done, by changing your focus and attitude. Focus on what it supplies you (see the above list) instead of what you want from it. Try asking yourself “How can I do this job in a better way? How can I improve my productivity?” Now that you have changed your focus, figure out the answers and implement them into your job.
Find ways of improving your job and you will reap the benefits of loving your job. Some benefits of loving your job:
- Your productivity and performance output will increase.
- Your image in the eyes of your seniors will improve.
- You will feel less tired and exhausted at the end of the day.
- Your overall relationship with your colleagues will improve.
- You will be able to finish your work quickly if you do it with passion.
I practice mindfulness and have learned to appreciate every situation I am faced with. I make the most of any situation by realizing that all situations are temporary, some I can’t change and it is better to approach them with a positive, loving attitude than with dread and frustration.
As you grow to love your job, or situation, and do it wholeheartedly, you won’t have the time for the negative feelings, the frustrations, the anger of not being happy. You will notice a more positive outlook and you may, just may, realize that you genuinely enjoy your job now that you have a positive frame of mind.