Working Hard? Or Hardly Working?

Woman with No Passion for Work
Are You Happy in Your Job?

Do you count the hours to the end of the day when you’re at work or look forward to Fridays and dread Mondays? Do you often wish you were somewhere else instead of between the dull walls of your cubicle? If so, it’s time to either change your attitude or find another job.

It’s important to find out what you love to do. When you find your passion, you’ll enjoy working on it, and this invariably leads to success. However, at times, what you initially thought was your passion could turn out to be anything but. For example, if you have a liking for numbers, you might have enrolled in an accounting course in college, assuming that the ensuing career path would be exciting. The reality of your work, contrary to your high hopes, could be mundane and highly repetitive. This could have you questioning your choices and ultimately, your passion.

Have you lost your work mojo?

In other instances, you may already have your dream job that’s perfectly in line with your passion and still take it for granted. Maybe you’ve been in the firm too long and grown accustomed to your position to the point that you think it’ll last forever. Perhaps, it didn’t take you as much effort to get your dream job as it took others. As a result, you may develop a sense of over-confidence and falsely perceive yourself as an over-qualified candidate who can easily land any role you want. You may do the bare minimum to get by, or worse, lose the drive to develop further.

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When Work No Longer Inspires You, it’s Time to Reassess Your Situation

The fact that your work doesn’t engage, inspire, or motivate you are reasons enough to be concerned. If you let things be and don’t take action, resentment, toward both yourself and your job, will follow. You may not realize it, but it could be you who needs a change in perspective when it comes to your work. Here are 5 telltale signs that mean you need to switch jobs or change your attitude towards your current one:

1. You don’t look forward to going to work.

Most mornings, you don’t wake up with a feeling of excitement about your job. You don’t think of tasks you have for the day, ways to complete them, or how you can exceed expectations when you’re in the shower or while having breakfast. To you, going to work feels like a chore that was forced upon you.

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2. You’ve stopped doing your work.

Although you go to work, you’ve stopped doing the work you’re supposed to do. You no longer meet deadlines and you’re letting assignments pile up. You don’t engage in or contribute to team meetings. You’re physically present in the office, but your mind is someplace else.

3. You’re consistently stressed, negative, or unhappy at work.

When you’re no longer passionate about your work or dislike it, it’s easy to become negative and unhappy. You complain too much about your job, even to your colleagues. When you have to complete projects and tasks with such emotions, it’s easy to become stressed out.

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4. The outcomes you’re working toward seem meaningless to you.

It’s important that the things you do hold some level of significance to you. If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, it’s unlikely that you’ll succeed. You should ask yourself, “Why is the work I do important?” If you struggle to answer this, then it’s time to do something else.

5. Your work environment is toxic.

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It’s difficult to thrive in a toxic environment. In an office setting, work ethics could become tainted by bad leadership and gossip, among many other factors. If you’ve tried everything to manage the situation but to no avail, you might as well do yourself a favor, quit, and find another job that brings out the best in you.

We often hear the words, “Don’t quit!” as advice or encouragement. However, quitting doesn’t always mean you’re giving up. Sometimes, you gain so much more than you lose when you quit. When you resign from a job that isn’t right for you, you’re opening yourself up to other opportunities that can change your life for the better. 

Do any of these 5 signs describe your feelings and attitude toward work?

-Andres Pira

About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.

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