I spent years working at jobs I hated, and I also spent years complaining every morning I woke up and every night I went to bed. Complaining was the focus point of my days, because my ‘dumbass’ job was also the focus point of my days.
Work Is Important!
I can’t count how many times I have heard someone say that it is ‘just’ a job and their real life starts when they punch out. By looking at the chart above, you can see that this is not the case.
Because work is often the biggest part of anyone’s day (even more so than sleep), it influences our life in a huge way! How we feel at work affects how we feel as we enjoy our free time, our chores, our sleep, and everything else!
To say that where you work isn’t important is ridiculous! It is very important and it affects your whole life.
Work is your real life and if you want to be happy in your life, then you better start making some choices regarding your work.
You Have A Choice To Change Careers
Many people get into the mindset that they don’t have another option as far as work goes. They think they can never change jobs. They say things like:
- I have no other skills
- I don’t have the time to change careers
- I am almost retired, so why change careers
- This career is comfortable and even though I hate it, the security is nice
- I spent too long in college/university to change careers now
The list goes on and on, and I (and I’m sure you too) have heard every excuse under the sun as to why someone can’t change careers (even after they spent a huge amount of time complaining about it!)
I have changed jobs many times. I wanted to be many different things in my life, and I have actively pursued those different things at one time or another through college and jobs.
I can tell you flat out that even though I changed careers four times I am still living in a nice house with everything I need, and changing careers never killed me. In fact, now I am doing something I love, writing, and if I would have never have left the careers I hated, I can’t even imagine what my life would be like.
Therefore, you may not be able to imagine your life without your current career, but once you start taking action towards finding a new career, you will not be able to imagine not moving on to another career.
You just have to do it.
YOU Can Change Jobs Too!
My husband has had a career in place for twenty years, but he has also had at least ten different jobs in that career. He is an accountant, and much to my parents dismay, he has changed jobs whenever a better opportunity has come up (and there have been many!)
We have never gone without. And better yet, he has always been happier when he has made the choice to change jobs – there has been no exception, which I love to see.
This does require work though. He has become an expert at interviews because he has been on so many! So, get ready to meet a lot of people if you want to change jobs.
If you are in a job that you hate, but a career that you love, don’t be scared to change jobs. Yes, you will have to push your comfort zone a bit, but in the end it will be worth it!
You Can Also Choose To Be Happy At Work For Now
Even if you hate your career or job, you can choose to be happy there right now as you decide where to go next. All it takes is a shift in mindset, and I have seen it happen.
People will tell you that you cannot truly be happy if you are not following your purpose in life, which I agree with. However, your career or job may be your purpose at this point in your life and discovering why that is can bring you lots of joy.
For instance, when I was working as a housekeeper at a nursing home, I HATED it! Because I focused on how much I hated it, I was never happy at work.
One day, though, I had a clear lesson taught to me at work, and when I realized that I was growing as a person, I started to look at the job differently. Every obstacle became a lesson, and of course with every lesson I was able to make the choices that helped me find a new career that I wanted to pursue quicker.
So, go into work, and instead of focusing on the negatives, focus on what you are learning.
- You are learning what you don’t want so you can know what you do want.
- You are learning how to make the best of a situation, even if it really stinks.
- You are learning to get up and be responsible for something.
- You are learning how to deal with difficult coworkers and difficult people.
The Decision Is Up To You
The point I’m trying to make is that you have a choice to change your career or job. If my husband and I have made the choice well over twenty times, you can too. It does take some courage. It is not easy to push out of your comfort zone (even if you hate what is inside your comfort zone), but the payoff is huge!
Do you hate your job or career? Share what you are going to do (or not do) about it in the comments below!