You hate your job. You’re thinking of quitting.
You are not happy and you find that you have to drag yourself out of bed every morning so you can go to work. If this is your situation then today’s message is for you.
Having a job you hate is never easy but sometimes you just need to grin and bear it until you have another gig lined up. Here are some productive things you may want to do:
1. START THE DAY WITH SOMETHING POSITIVE
Your daily morning ritual is extremely important. Start with being positive by doing something positive. Go to bed early and wake up early so you will have time to start the day with quiet meditation. A word of prayer. You may want to set your alarm to play upbeat or classical music, have a wonderful sip of coffee and read a section of an inspirational book and when you improve your mornings, you will be surprised at how this can do wonders for the rest of your day. Going into a job you hate will be worse if you get to the office feeling rushed, stressed and frazzled. Set aside some moments of solitude each morning.
2. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE
It is not true that everything about your job stinks. You are not working in the sewage are you? Do not exaggerate. There will always be something out there in your work life that will make you happy. So make weekly goals to help you achieve those goals.
But be careful with your daily goals too. Do one thing each day to help you reach your goals. Do not be too obsessed with crossing all your items off your “To-do-list” every day because this will frustrate you.
Sometimes it is easier to make it to 5 o’clock when you can keep your eye on the prize.
When you get up in the morning, set a daily objective for yourself and make sure you achieve it. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you feeling good about your progress.
3. DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS.
You may not love your job for the moment but do not rot. Use your time to learn new skills. This way you are putting in you more value and worth and preparing yourself to be a better candidate down the road. Attend your company training courses, learn something new on your computer. Read books. Listen to tapes during lunch. Turn this job that you hate into an opportunity for personal growth and improvement.
Your problems and challenges become bigger than life when you are weak and unhealthy. So go to the gym. Run. Take a nice long walk. Put these activities in your schedule so that will have something to look forward to every day.
Fine little ways of treating yourself. Celebrate your victories. You beat the deadline. Your boss compliments you. Find out what makes you feel better inside, no matter what is going on outside. Plan out your next vacation. Join a small group. I know so many young people who are involved with Bible study groups and they really look forward to their weekly meetings. I guess here they all meet together and pray that God be merciful with their bosses. (joke….don’t take me seriously here…..)
6. IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE
It doesn’t matter whether you like your job or you hate it. You must make it your goal to go to the next level and excel in what you do. Never for a moment think that just because you are employed you are working for somebody else. Your current accomplishments will be your equipment in future opportunities.
7. ALWAYS BE POSITIVE
Do not let your unhappiness in your job destroy your relationship with people. Maintain your contacts and keep your relationships positive. And this included the boss you love to hate. Realize that this too shall pass. Keep your chin up and be a professional.
If you are faithful in the small things then big things are bound to come.
Helen Keller says: “Keep your face in the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.”
Believe me, there is sunshine even in your cubicle.
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