While this topic might apply to every aspect of your life (relationship, car, etc) let’s focus on your job. If your job sucks, well, why is that? Isn’t your job a reflection of you? You chose it didn’t you? If so, then aren’t you responsible for it? If you said “yes” then it reflects you, not your boss, not your friends and not your family. It’s your responsibility, and success or failure, happiness or misery is entirely dependent upon YOU.
Does your job really suck, or do you suck at it?
Let me elaborate. If you aren’t good at what you do, why is that? Are you too reliant upon others? Are you expecting others to teach you or guide you every step of the way? Very often those “others” have their own jobs to worry about, therefore they’re usually more concerned about themselves, and won’t feel a strong desire to take responsibility for you. Unfortunately, this can include a manager or even the boss.
This is why you have to take matters into your own hands, learn, strive and adapt, even if it involves some trial and error, within reason of course. Do whatever it takes to give 100%. Anything less and you’re cheating yourself and also the company, business or people that pay you.
“Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.”
If your job sucks, can you afford to quit? Or can you afford to get fired due to a lack luster effort? Have you mentally quit already? Keep in mind that just like when a ship takes on water the crew will toss the non essentail items overboard, this is exactly what a business will do also. Do you want to be thrown overboard? If you don’t swim very well then you better get better at what you do and become more valuable to your company or clients.
“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”
Why not make the most of it?
Instead of saying, “I would work harder if they paid me more money” try working harder, then maybe they WILL pay you more. Have you ever noticed the person that gets the raise, a bonus or promoted to a better position? You know, the one most people hate because they’re always working hard or doing what the boss says? They don’t get called a “hard working go getter” do they?” No, it usually has something to do with kissing something, and it’s not a frog.
Maybe there are a few exceptions of people who get ahead without having to work hard to earn it (like the nephew of the owner) but that’s certainly not the norm. In the real world, those that rise to the top are the dedicated workers and they are in turn rewarded for their efforts.
“Before the reward, there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.”
Why should anyone work hard?
Two reasons: It’s our job to work hard. Someone is relying on us. Whether we’re self employed or not, we aren’t ever hired on the premise that we’ll do just enough to get by. We are hired to work, that’s why it’s called a job, rather than a hobby. And the good news is that it should be pretty easy to stand out if mostly everyone else does just enough to get by.
“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
Secondly, does it ever feel good when you get paid for something that you really don’t deserve? Absolutely not! There is no reward in that. When you give your all, you earn it, you deserve it and that’s when you truly feel a sense of accomplishment. The last thing anyone wants is for life to become draining or become a grind. Going through the motions resembling a robot is NOT what we were born for, we are not equipped to thrive in that environment. We must work, in order to earn an income this leaves us fulfilled.
But . .
Maybe your job does suck. Maybe it wasn’t what you expected or the opportunity changed and now you feel that burning and yearning in your heart screaming that there must be something better. If you want to change careers you have to consider something.
You may initially succeed if you start doing something else, there are no limits, no boundaries. Long hours won’t even wear you out. A sense of freedom empowers you, energy drives you, and passion ignites you.
But if you approach any new endeavor with the same lackluster effort you have become comfortable with, then every endeavor you choose will likely turn out the same way. Maybe not at first because it’s always exciting when you start a new career. You have something to prove, but if you’re habit is to just “get by” then how will the results ever be different?
The results will change when your actions change. Change your attitude and your habits and then your career will change for the better. Work to earn your piece of the pie. There is an unlimited amount of income available in the world, go after your share, you deserve it!
“God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.”
** Keep a roll of lifesavers on your desk as a reminder that you do not want to be the one thrown overboard, but if you eat them, then you have to replace them.
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer