The right job or career can help fulfill your purpose in life and give meaning to your days. While changing jobs in the current economy may not be as easily feasible as it was in better times, it is still worth keeping your eyes and ears perked for possible new opportunities. We spend a majority of our lives working and if your job/career brings forth feelings of burden and dread more often than feelings of fulfillment and satisfaction, it may be time to consider a change. Keep in mind though, if your situation cannot be changed, then consider changing your attitude!
Do any of the following ring true for you?
1. You no longer feel passionate about what you do for a living - Would you do your job on your own time, even if you weren't getting paid for it? If yes, then that is a good sign that you have a passion for it. One the other hand, if you feel 'blah', indifferent, or like a robot just going through the motions at work, then it is very likely that you have lost interest and excitement about what you do or never had it to begin with.
2. You dread going to work each day - Do you find it hard to get out of bed knowing you have to go to work? Do you sigh or grumble under your breath as you're getting dressed? Do you often find yourself running late for work or calling in sick? These are typical signs of resistance when we have to do something, go somewhere or see someone we don't want to.
3. You are uncomfortable or don't get along with coworkers - When you spend time with people day in and day out for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, month after month, year after year, you want to get along with them or at least be able to tolerate their presence. If you are not getting along with your coworkers or don't feel comfortable around them and have done your best to fix this, then it might be time to move on.
While there is no such thing as a perfect work environment, it is essential that you do not dread interacting with your coworkers. Good relationships with coworkers not only make the day go by and make it enjoyable, but also tend to increase productivity.
4. Your job is not fulfilling - Are you working in a position or a field that does not allow you to utilize your skills and talents? Do you find yourself bored or frustrated with your work? Although we need to earn an income to pay our bills and maintain our lifestyle, when we work to earn a paycheck but feel bored and frustrated day in and day out with what we do, we are likely to grow resentful.
Explore ways in which you can add responsibilities to your position or participate in projects that will tap your potential.
5. You have no desire to be the best you can be at your job - Would you want to hire someone like you if you were the employer? Are you putting forth your best effort or just getting by? You know you are in the right job or career when you put your heart into your work.
When you genuinely care about what you do and want to succeed. If you can't get into this mindset with your current job or career, think about what you could do that would make it so.
Did you recognize yourself in the examples above? Keep in mind that this is a condensed list of signs that may suggest it's time for a change. What other signs do you see? Have you taken steps to improve those situations or is it even possible?
No need to make any drastic, impulsive changes. Think things through and try to improve what you can. Sometimes an attitude adjustment it all it takes. At other times, we need to take further action. Good luck and remember to keep your eyes and ears perked for new opportunities. We have but one life to live, let's enjoy the ride!