4 things you can do when you strongly dislike your job

January 30th, 2018 | no comments

Did you notice I used the words ‘strongly dislike’ versus ‘hate’?

That’s my mother coming out in me. Growing up, she constantly reminded me that hate is a powerful word and to use dislike instead.

BUT.

I regularly hear people passionately use the word ‘hate’ when it comes to their job and it’s usually followed with – but I can’t quit.

Maybe you can relate?

It’s why you clicked on the article?

I’m guessing you’re familiar with the feelings of anguish and deep frustration, being at your wits end yet all the while knowing that you have to stick with it.

Maybe you have tried taking a step back to gain some perspective, to talk yourself through it but at times it feels impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Ah, the harsh reality of it.

However. I believe there are options.

Let me share how you can make that heavy load you’re carrying a little more bearable.

1.   GET SPECIFIC

You hate your job because?

Write down exactly why you don’t like your job. Also write down what you do like (find something).

Assess what you’ve written and open your mind to the possibility of making a few changes, the type within your control.

I emphasise ‘within your control’ because you’re not going to change the things you find deeply frustrating about your boss! You can tell him/her what you don’t like but only your boss can change those things.

2.   REFRAME IT

Why do you keep showing up day in and day out?

If it’s because you have financial commitments, is it possible for you to reframe it by saying, I really don’t like my job but it pays the bills?

I know a reframe is not going to solve your problem but it will help dial down the pain and frustration.

3.   ACCEPT IT

It is what it is right?

o If you have to stay in your job (for now) because you need the money, than accept what is.

o If you have to stay in your job (for now) while you’re searching for the next big thing (which is taking longer than you thought), than accept what is.

o If you have to stay in your job (for now) because you’re not quite ready to launch that business idea you desperately want to put out in the world, than accept what is.

It’s not an option to resign just yet but it is an option to accept your decision to stay.

And finally, this…

4.   Take action

What one thing can you do today that may help alleviate your frustration?

Because nothing changes if nothing changes and although it may not feel like it, you do have a choice.

Re-visit the first point. Be creative. Look for opportunities within your control that will help change your situation.

It doesn’t need to be a grand plan. I encourage you to keep it simple, really simple.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO CHOOSE?

To stay in the pain of hating your job OR………?

Before I sign off, if you have a burning question relating to this article, please feel free to message me! I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for taking the time to read my article.

Warm regards
Elizabeth

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