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5 Steps to Take When You're Unhappy With Your Job

career advice career satisfaction ideal job job dissatisfaction job satisfaction Jun 22, 2023
Dissatisfied employee unhappy at work

If you're currently unhappy in your job, don't worry. There's a five-step process that can help you get to where you truly want to be.


1) Acknowledge what you’re feeling

That may sound silly but it’s vital. So often we resist, avoid, or react to our emotions, but none of these are constructive. The most helpful stance is to allow our emotions. So, when you’re dissatisfied, name the exact feeling. Is it disappointment? Frustration? Resentment? 

Whatever it is, name it and welcome it. Emotions get entrenched when we fight them, avoid them, or act them out. When we just gently allow them to be there, they can speak their peace and then quietly move on.


2) Know what you want instead:

Take the time to gain clarity about what you genuinely desire. When we don’t like the current situation, it is the result of the thoughts we have been thinking in the past. 

 Thought management is not easy, however. 

We need to deliberately train our brain to think the thoughts we want. Once you have a clear understanding of the ideal conditions you'd like to create in your work, start aligning your thoughts with that intention. Here are two great resources that can help:


3) Get straight with where you are now:

Before you can create something new, it's essential to shift out of your current unhappy state. You may believe that if your circumstances were different, with a different boss, company, salary, or more recognition, you'd be happy. 

That's a delusion, my friends. 

Happiness is an inside job. It's about thinking thoughts that bring you joy and embracing the feelings that arise when you entertain those positive thoughts. If you're not currently happy, focus on changing your thinking. 

Practicing gratitude is a simple yet powerful way to start. You might have to get really basic to begin with, like: they gave me a laptop to use so I can work remotely, they have A/C, they give me money every two weeks. Don’t be sarcastic about it! 

In a movie about Chernobyl, it showed that the miners worked in the nude because it was too hot! Be grateful that you not only have A/C but also that you don’t have to work naked!


4) Create a plan to get you where you want to be:

Now that you know what you want and have shifted your mindset, it's time to craft a solid plan that will guide you towards your desired job. Take charge of your career journey by setting clear and compelling goals that align with your passions and aspirations. 

Break down these goals into actionable steps that will propel you forward. Research the resources, courses, or certifications that can enhance your skills and knowledge. 

Additionally, leverage the power of networking by connecting with professionals in your dream industry or role. Seek mentorship and valuable insights that can support your career transition. With a well-crafted plan, you'll be well on your way to manifesting your ideal job and unlocking exciting new opportunities.

Remember, your career happiness is within your reach. Stay determined, focused, and committed to making positive changes, and you'll soon find yourself thriving in a job that brings you fulfillment and joy.


5) Take action!

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