Do you wake up in the morning, have about three seconds of peace, and then that horrible, sinking feeling sets in – as a wave of dread passes through your system? You don’t want to get up, get dressed and go to work … in fact, you’d rather do just about anything else? Have a root canal, maybe?
These feelings of dread, unhappiness and lack of fulfilment are painful and gut wrenching, but you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 13 percent of employees are actively engaged in their jobs. The cost to organizational bottom lines is in the billions – and the cost to collective human spirit is immeasurable.
There’s more good news in the face of this despair: It doesn’t have to be this way. There are steps you can take to remove yourself from the job doldrums and start feeling happy at work again.
The first step in making things better is to be honest with yourself. Denying unhappy feelings about your job won’t make them disappear. You can’t solve a problem by pretending that it doesn’t exist. Instead, try this script:
“If I’m being totally honest with myself, I feel (blank). Often, I feel like I should do more (blank) and less (blank). It feels like I should be more (blank) and less (blank). If I could be anything I wanted and everyone would approve, I’d love to do (blank) and be more (blank), but I feel I can’t because (blank).”
Let Go of “Should” and “Can’t”
Now that you’ve filled in these critical blanks, do a self assessment. Have you built a career that looks good on paper, but feels empty on the inside – where it really matters? Instead of focusing on what will make you feel truly happy and fulfilled, have you lived according to the “shoulds, can’ts” and “supposed to’s” in your life?
- You may have come to believe that you’re not trying hard enough –or have no other job options. But lack of a work ethic or determination is not at the root of your problem. The real culprit is that you’re forcing yourself to follow a career path that isn’t your own.
- You may be holding back. Be sure that you consistently bring your unique strengths, ideas and voice to your job.
Start with Small Steps
The only way to trigger real change in your life is to do things differently. Pay attention to what really fascinates, energizes and impassions you. Listen to your vision and dreams. Then, do a little of that each day.
- Proposing new ideas can be very helpful. For instance, pitch a concept to a supportive supervisor or partner with an inspirational colleague. You don’t have to make sweeping changes overnight, but even small steps can set you on the right track and provide momentum to keep you going. Change is never easy, but it’s a whole lot better than pretending or staying stuck in a bad career place.
Times of uncertainty or frustration are opportune occasions to talk with a professional staffing agency and explore your options. To learn more, check out our candidate resource center or contact CPS Recruitment today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-457-2500. We can partner with you to find a job that makes you happy and a career path that leads to long-term fulfillment.