How To Change Your Attitude When You Hate Your Job
When you find yourself in a job that you hate it is hard to maintain a positive outlook and keep up an enthusiastic attitude. Even if you are in your dream job, it’s not uncommon to get in a funk every now and then where you struggle to get up in the morning to face the day.
Now your body sees stress as stress, so if you are dreading going to work each day, this is going to be sapping your energy, affecting your choices and is going to have an affect on your health.
One way to fix this situation is to quit. But the reality is many of us either can’t summon up the courage to hand in the resignation letter or financial restraints are making it difficult to do so. So how do you change your attitude when you hate your job and make it slightly more enjoyable?
Focus on the positives
Firstly, you need to take control of the situation and improve your attitude. Having a bad attitude is going to hurt your performance, rub others around you up the wrong way and make your day more unbearable. Start by focusing on the positive aspects of the job. Perhaps there was something that drew you to the position in the first place, maybe you have a great group of co-workers or perhaps you have the best view of the city from your desk. Whatever they are, spend some time listing them down and take the time out of your day to enjoy that aspect of your job.
Take the initiative to make change
You can wallow in your self-pity or take ownership of the situation to make change. Instead of complaining about the things you don’t like about your job, take the initiative to change them. Maybe it is a particular task you don’t enjoy that you could outsource, delegate or speak to your superior about. Some simple changes to your responsibilities, environment or workload can have a big impact on how you view your job.
Look for opportunities
You may not be in a position to quit your job but everyone is in a position to seek out opportunities within the organisation. Find a mentor within the business who can pass on experience and teach you things to strengthen your career. Look out for a project, initiative or join a committee which may be of interest to you.
Remember the big picture
When the job has become unbearable, it is probably a good time to remind yourself why you are doing the job. Perhaps the job is just a stepping stone to further your career once you have experience, maybe you need the money to save for a big investment or is the job a way for you to gain the skills you need to open up your own business? Whatever the reason you are in the job, regularly reminding yourself of the bigger picture can help you maintain a positive attitude as you realise there is a means to an end.
Set career goals
Slogging it out day after day with no direction can be disheartening. Start figuring out where you want to be in say five years by setting career goals can help you formulate that big picture. Jot down some ideas on where you want your career to be and the skills or experience you need in order to get there. Once you have established where you see yourself in the future, set some small attainable goals to work towards.
Reworking your job description, focusing on your interests and reminding yourself of the bigger picture may be enough to reinvigorate you and draw you out of the funk. Before you shout the words ‘I quit’ at your boss perhaps look at how you can change your attitude first.
A really great habit that can help you find clarity about what it is you are wanting to do in your life is meditation. Inside the online gym we have got a series of meditations you can do to help you slow down, breathe and create space for clarity to surface. To find out more about the online gym and the meditations here.