It is SO important to wake up every day and look forward to how you will be spending it. For many people, at least eight hours of this will be at work. For the sake of health and happiness, you just gotta love it. It is non-negotiable. Stress hormones and negative thoughts can wreak havoc on your over all health.
Your current job is not your final destination, unless you want it to be. No matter your age. It may seem like you are stuck in a job because that is all you are trained to do, or because that is the only area that you have experience in. This is not true. This is an excuse, because action takes effort.
For most, quitting your job immediately is not an option. Gradually working towards a new career goal is. You have options that extend further than quitting or staying. They are not immediate. That’s OK. Here are a few:
- Retrain in a totally new job. Studying does take time, but make it a priority and you will fit it in. There are unlimited study options out there, including part time study that you can complete from the comfort of your own couch. This is how I am studying nutritional science right now alongside a teaching job (note: I also love teaching!). Take out a student loan and see it as an investment in your health.
- Transfer your skills to an entirely new role. Think outside the box about how to use the excellent skills you have learnt and developed in your current job, study, or during life in general, in a different job. Then, build up a super-convincing case that makes you irresistible to any employer. Have super-high confidence and believe in yourself, and go and sell yourself to employers face to face. Don’t give up at the first ‘no’ and keep going until you get a ‘yes!’ Good things take time. And effort. You will get a ‘yes.’
- Get creative, develop your own dream occupation, and work for yourself. AKA, become an entrepreneur. It is totally possible. Broaden your perspective on what entails a job. We are in 2016. You can be so much more creative with your career now. Even half an hour a day dedicated to creating your empire will pay off eventually. Keep taking steps forward, celebrate the small wins, and don’t give up until you have created your own entrepreneurial small business. Then turn it into a large business if you want. Somewhere along the line you will have enough confidence in your own project to be able to quit your current job.
- Move to a different department within the company that you currently work for. Unless, of course, your employer is the reason you hate your job. If your employer already values you and your contribution to their company, it is likely they would rather create a new role for you than see you go. Set up a meeting and pitch it to them. They are human too, and they probably want you to be happy!
Try not to let money influence your job choice. I am very convinced that money only brings empty, unsustainable happiness. Instead focus on what you love – you will become more successful that way anyway.
During your journey towards a better job, don’t waste negative feelings on your current job. Instead of complaining about the aspects you hate, try to find the parts of it that you love, and be grateful for these. Your work-mates, your clients, morning tea shouts, a cosy workspace, the pot plant on the window-sill, a good pay-rate, the fact that you have an income, and thinking about the difference you might be making to other people, could be some of these. Take comfort in the fact that you are taking little steps towards a more fulfilling job in the future. Do awesome stuff outside of your job. Find passion in a hobby. Appreciate the great things happening outside of your job. Appreciate the people around you. Stay happy and healthy, keep focussing on eating good food, getting exercise, and taking me-time.
So take those first steps now, and watch your life slowly fall into place. These are just some ideas to start with. You might have better ideas. Life is too short to wish you were doing something else! Go for it!
By Franklee Healthy
A little message at the end: These blog posts are simply to help me process my own learning. I have no medical, health-science-y background… although I am studying towards a diploma of nutritional science, and I do my best to consult reliable research. If you see any info that doesn’t quite look right, then great! Comment away with your thoughts, because I would love to know more.