Are you stuck in a job you hate?
Do you wish you could escape and do work you love?
I often get emails that go something like this: I’m in a job I hate. How can I escape and do work I love?
I could try and give people a formula to follow. It would make them feel good.
But it wouldn’t be the truth.
My answer is rarely what most people want to hear, but if you’re ready for real change, it’s exactly what you need to hear.
You see, there’s no quick fix. No shortcut.
The bottom line is that you need to look inside before you look outside.
When You Hate Your Job
Below is a 5-minute video where I share what you can do when you hate your job, and why escaping may not always be the best idea.
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If you prefer text, keep reading. Although I recommend you view the video as not everything will be found in the text below.
It’s Not Your Job, It’s Your Thoughts
Before you take radical action and quit your job, notice that it’s not your job making you feel anything, it’s your thoughts.
The thoughts you believe determine how you feel.
I talk about this quite a bit in my book: Do What You Love.
It’s your reaction to your job that makes you miserable. When you believe that you should be doing something else, that something is wrong, or that people aren’t treating you right, you suffer.
This doesn’t mean that those things aren’t true.
It also doesn’t mean that you should stay at your job if you don’t like it.
It simply means that you become aware of how you are creating your experience of your job.
Don’t Trust Your Thinking
When you feel bad, it’s a sign that you can’t trust your thinking.
When you’re anxious, there’s an urgent feeling that comes with it. You may feel like you need to do something in the outside world to fix it. But all change starts inside.
If you quit your job, you’ll bring yourself with you.
You’ll bring your thinking with you.
Your circumstances may change, but you may still find things to hate in a new job.
Find ways to be in the present moment with the job you have now.
Notice what you like about the job you have.
The reason for this is that if you need that job, you’ll be happier when your thinking shifts.
And when you feel better, when you stop being angry, you’ll gain clarity, and you’ll be able to make a better decision about whether you should quit or not.
When you feel better, you have greater access to your wisdom, your heart, and your innate creativity.
I know that you may want to take action right now if you feel bad, but that feeling doesn’t come from your circumstances, it comes from your thinking.
Life isn’t always about what you do, but how you do it.
Stay in the present moment.
Become aware of how you’re creating your own suffering.
Let yourself calm down, and then make a decision.
Sometimes it takes time for your heart to make its desires known.