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Do you feel stuck in your day job? Do you feel you cannot stay positive anymore?
I understand how you feel, and it almost feels exhausting working in a job that’s not aligned with your core values, beliefs and morals.
During both sixth form and my gap year, I started working as a sales assistant for two years. However, after the two years, I resented waking up and going to work.
I had learnt everything needed to perform my tasks well, but I resented both the small and big tasks that came with the job.
This included repetitive work, such as cleaning the shop and restocking items, as well as emotionally draining tasks, such as talking to impolite customers.
Despite making reasonable money as an 18-year-old, which had helped to fund both my gap year and blogging, I felt retail didn’t align with my core values, beliefs and morals.
As a result, these jobs affected my mindset negatively, leading to the manifestation of negative events.
It’s important to understand that jobs are temporary, but when they affect your mindset, then you need to take action.
That’s why, in this blog post, I will share how to stay positive when you dislike your job.
How to stay positive when you dislike your job
Why do you dislike your job?
First, you must understand why you dislike your current job. This will allow you to both evaluate and find solutions to your problems.
You can easily evaluate your job by drawing a table.
One side will have strengths and the other side will have limitations.
- Good pay
- Nice team members
- Able to support my side hustle
- Not feeling challenged
- Being unable to learn new skills, such as language learning, etc
- Confronting impolite customers.
Keep this list with you because on the last step of this blog, you will create an action plan to find solutions to your limitations on the list.
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Remember, it’s a temporary situation
It’s normal to feel frustrated and exhausted with your current situation, but it’s important to remember this, your current job is only temporary.
I remember listening to Sahara Rose’s podcast about ‘navigating through a career redirection.’ Ashley Stahl had said, ‘because you have chosen this job, it doesn’t mean you will be in it for five years.’
Something as simple as this made me realise my mistakes. Instead of accepting my situation then, I focused on the negative aspects, such as dealing with impolite customers. As a result, this self-sabotaged me in terms of my mindset.
Therefore, it’s important to realise the things you can control, such as preparing for a back-up plan or saving enough money to leave the job. From focusing on this, it will allow you to stay positive, even when you dislike your job.
Create habits to improve your mindset
According to Google, habits are ‘regular practices of the same action.’
James Clear says in the book, Atomic Habits, that small habits are compound interests. It multiplies every time you repeat them. Eventually, these small habits build-up to become a bigger outcome.
Unfortunately, people dismiss small habits, but these small habits can become more impactful than big habits.
For instance, everyday I dedicate time to reading, whether it’s for five minutes or an hour. Overtime, I have seen a massive difference in my mindset, which has helped me to take action towards my ultimate goals.
It’s important to establish 1-3 small habits which you can focus on every day. For example, these small habits could include journaling for 5-minutes, having a 10-minute walk outside, repeating positive affirmations, and so on.
Eventually, these small habits will help you maintain your positive mindset, especially in a job that you dislike.
I have created a worksheet in the Mini Mindset Workbook, where you’re able to create sustainable habits to help you maintain your positive mindset. You can download the Free Workbook here.
Wait, did you say take action?
This may be your first thought, but what I’ve learned so far in life is that the hardest part is taking action.
This doesn’t mean you have to go to your manager and hand in your resignation today, but it means to create an action plan that will guide you to your next path in life.
For example, before I quit my job in retail, I knew I needed to have a plan in order to quit successfully. As a result, I created a step-by-step action plan which included my top goals and the actionable steps needed to achieve them.
This allowed me to have a clear overview of what I needed to do beforehand, such as saving enough money to support me after quitting, setting up a successful blog, and so on.
Once you have fully written out your action plan, this will motivate you to stay positive and think strategically about working in your current job.
I have written a detailed blog post on how to create your own action plan here.
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