"I hate my job. I watch the clock all day and do pointless work. On top of it, I hardly get paid enough to pay my bills. I do just enough to stay off my bosses radar." This is a small sample of a conversation I recently had with someone.
Sound familiar? The reality is that there are people all around you that feel the exact same way. Maybe it's you!
I've been there. I had a job once early in my career where I literally felt sick all day Sunday thinking of working on Monday. I went on like that for several months. Is that sad or what?
Here's the beautiful part. If that is you and you want to change it, you can. Here are three tips that will move you out of that mindset (or that job).
Stop hanging out with negative people.
The people that you hang out with have an influence on you. You need to make sure that your friends and acquaintances have a positive and enthusiastic mindset. Always surround yourself with positive "can do" people. If you have to be around downers, (maybe someone in your family), just don't participate in their victim mentality. Listen if you must, but don't contribute.
Take responsibility for your development at work.
No one will ever care as much about your personal and professional growth and development as you do. And, no one else has as much to gain from continued growth. Those who take it upon themselves to learn and grow at work end up with more opportunities.
If there really is no chance of that where you work, it's time to go somewhere else.
Consider how you use your time outside of work.
The most successful people among us never stop learning. They are always looking to improve all the important areas of their lives. Yes, I know you are busy. Could you cut out a portion (I suggest about 75%) of the TV that you watch?
Don't underestimate how important this is on the opportunities that come your way. Just sound like a nice theory? Ask someone that always seems happy and that you see as successful. Chances are they don't know who got kicked off your favorite reality show.
"You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read." - attributed to Charles Jones