Make the decision to leave that employment rut
How did you feel when you got up this morning? Did you spring out of bed eager to embrace the day or did the thought of going into work for another seven hours of drudge force you to retreat under the duvet for a few more minutes?
If you are feeling negative right now about the working day and if this is happening on a regular basis, then you don’t need me to tell you that you are in the wrong career and probably in the wrong company. Steve Jobs, the man who made Apple into the success story it is today, had the right words for it: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.”
So what’s the problem with you? If you dislike the job or the company you are working for, why are you still going in every day instead of looking for something better? What’s really holding you back from a glorious and vibrant future?
It’s time for a bit of honesty I guess, for it seems that the only thing or person, holding you back is – YOU. Please don’t give me a whole list of excuses as to why you have chosen to remain in an employment rut because these are the things that you have invented to justify the situation.
Let’s take a look at some of these excuses. Try this for size: “It’s the only job I can get.” Ok! Let’s assume that you are very young or have no skills and you have opted to work in the local burger bar because that’s all there was. Many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs started in this way – learned from the experience and moved on - so what’s stopping you?
Maybe you have convinced yourself that you put up with the job because it fits in with your children’s, husbands, wives lives – a price you are willing to pay even though you hate going in every day. Even worse, perhaps you convinced yourself that this is probably the best you can get.
Putting up with second best is the worst excuse of the lot because when you adopt that mind-set it means, that more than likely you will become the office doormat, the person everyone goes to because they cannot be asked to do the job themselves.
Sorry to sound harsh but if you are reading this blog it is because you obviously want to embrace the concept of powerful positive thinking, but it would seem that you are not prepared to use one of the most vital components of PPT – I mean action.
If you are identifying with any of this then taking action is what you have to do, but that doesn’t mean throwing the baby out with the bathwater, it invites you instead to just stop for a moment and take a long hard look at your life.
You have got so used to the daily drudge that you are now on autopilot and things just happen. You have stopped questioning them, you do what you have to do to get by and have not asked yourself if you are happy with the situation.
Clearly you are not and now is your time to put things right and here is what you are going to do. Find yourself a quiet room where you will not be disturbed and arm yourself with a blank piece of paper and a pen.
Write down everything you feel about your current job and why you want to move on. You can go into as much detail as you wish because this is the only way you will be able to clarify your thoughts. You need common sense to take the next step because this is where you identify the kind of job you want and what you would like to do in your working life.
When I say common sense there is little point in wanting to be a brain surgeon if you are unlikely to ever obtain the skills needed for the line of work. Better to think of something you love doing and don’t forget to specify the kind of salary you need – write it down but be realistic.
The third point is the action. Write down your intentions to help your dream come true. Detail your actions such as writing or e-mailing employers, speaking to a recruitment company – and don’t forget to state that your main intention is to leave your present employment for the glorious opportunities that will now reveal themselves to you.
This is the best bit. Read that paper again and then destroy it, the universe has got your message and you need never ask again. Try never to think about it because by keep focusing on that specification you are doing the complete opposite of positive thinking by highlighting the fact that you have not got what you most desire. This is why I dislike the process of continued affirmations and mood boards – as all it does is remind you that something is missing.
You have now taken the decision to move on and in the words of Steve Jobs – you are now looking.