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Hate your job? 3 tips to change that.

"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

Question:  Have you ever experienced this and what did you do to change it?
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Comment by DOUGLAS COLLIER on August 10, 2012 at 12:53pm

If you can't have the work you love, honey, love the work you're with.  Love the work your with. .... That almost sounds like a song.

Comment by Farnoosh Brock on July 28, 2012 at 2:55pm

How funny that I submitted a guest post to 48 days on a similar topic - mine was what to do if you don't like your job but need the paycheck and can't quit. Excellent tips here, Jeff!

Comment by Jim Tetterton on July 27, 2012 at 7:30pm

I have experienced this.  Lately, I have viewed my job as a way to pay for things I like rather than a place where I'm stuck forever.  I have enrolled in a class to learn something I truly enjoy and need to figure out what to do with that new information.  Now, I tell myself, "Time to go put in some hours to earn some cash" rather than dwell on the dread.  It helps to dream and then take some real steps, rather than just always dream.

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on July 19, 2012 at 8:09pm


GREAT advice!

Way to go on being blog of the week! So excited you are featured in our new book!

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Comment by Josh Lawson on July 17, 2012 at 8:18am

I also encourage people to stop looking at the grass on the other side of the fence. It doesn't look as green when you are focusing on your own field. But your own grass will always become brown and die if you are constantly gazing across the fence at some other "perfect" opportunity.

Comment by Robert Clinton on July 13, 2012 at 2:45pm

Jeff, I too was in a position before where Sunday was very gloomy, because I knew Monday was coming... When I got intentional, I did those exact things and let me just say that it has meant the world to my development. How we use our time both on and off the clock for developing ourselves, as well as surrounding ourselves with the right people will bring is to a level that over 70% of the workforce have trouble finding right now. Great post!

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