5 Steps to Thrive in a Career You Hate
I can remember the day like it was yesterday; walking into my dream job feeling brand new and looking like a boss. It was something I worked so hard to get, and I was so grateful to be there; what I didn't know was that in a mere two years; I'd hate it, but I stayed because this is what I wanted and worked to achieve. Today, still doing that job now at a different company, I find myself in the same situation—hating it. But over the almost 11 years of my career, I've found that while it's easy to complain about what I dislike, I rather use that energy to create and push myself towards those things I love as I work to change my career. Changing your career after you've invested time, energy, money, and education is not easy, but it's something that you need to do if you're not happy; I refuse to live my life doing something I hate, but there are [many] steps to take and work to do before you can just give up that life. In the meantime, I'm doing things to ensure that I advance in this career/job and I wanted to help you do the same. Here are five ways you can thrive in a career you hate.
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Understand your strengths
You have to get specific about what you're good at and enjoy doing; whether you're doing spreadsheets, sales calls, or taking coffee orders—understand your strengths and use them to your advantage. Pick one or two skills and start running with it, people will start to take notice and understand your value. Let your natural strengths and talent lead you towards the career you love.
I always recommend creating a love/hate list; in this list, you'll write down all the things you hate and love of your current situation. With your hate side, see how you can create a solution or process to make it less painful or what you can delegate; turn these hate(s) into a positive outcome that you can eventually love. Those things you wrote down that you enjoy, determine how you can make these your focus—if they aren't already. Also, if you are looking to leave or change your current career, this list can help you understand what to look for in your new role. Do this before you pursue a new role and end up miserable six months into the role; I wish I would have done this sooner.
Find your why
I've talked about this before, but you must understand why you're doing something. Everyone has their [own] reasons, and you must be very specific about why you're doing it. Get clear on your why; this will help you determine if your current career or the one you're creating is right for you.
Just because you hate your current situation doesn't mean you can't work on your escape plan. Turn your hobbies or the thing you love into your side hustle and eventually into your full-time hustle. Working on the thing you are most passionate about can help build your self-esteem as well as, your day-to-day excitement. If you're in the mindset of wanting to leave your career completely, I wouldn't recommend quitting cold turkey; this will make your current situation much more complicated and add an element of fear and panic that you can avoid. Spend at minimum one hour a day doing something you love or exploring your next move, increase the time throughout the comings days and weeks. It sounds like a lot, especially if you're working a 9-to-5, but if you care enough, you'll find the time.
What’s the problem
You can change whatever you want when you realize and understand you're in control. We've heard the saying countless times; 'change your thoughts, change your world', and it's the truth. You have to figure out why your boss giving you extra work or your co-worker with the squeaky voice annoys you so much; it's deeper than them. Work to figure out what the problem is so you can fix it and change your perception and reaction to the circumstances. If you don't, you're going to find the same issues in your next job or career.
Refocusing your fuel
As I mentioned, it's about changing your perception, so spend time refocusing your energy on the high points and positive things in your day and less on the negative. If you find that there are no aspects of your job that you enjoy, refocusing your energy to fuel yourself to create things that make you happy. Many of us often hate our careers because we feel stuck and the key to getting unstuck is to remember that you have a choice. Remove the words "I can't" in not only this situation but every situation, and remember the answer is in you taking action and restoring your energy.
I've been there, I understand. Sometimes all you need is that extra push and guidance to move you forward. If that's you, enter your email address and sign up below to download the #goaltracker. In it, you'll be able to outline that things you love and hate about your current career, as well as track your specific goals.
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