The thrill is gone, and we're not talking about a relationship -- we're talking about your job.
Instead of bounding out of bed in the morning, bursting with excitement, you want to pull the covers back over your head and call in sick -- permanently (a sure sign of hating a job).
It's about more than your feelings about your job, though; it's also about your mental health.
Consider this: a survey conducted by the Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia shows that "working in a job you hate is worse for your psychological well-being than being unemployed."
If your love/hate feelings toward your job are 10% love and 90% hate, it's time to rekindle that romance -- to make you love your labor again, to put the pizzazz back in your profession, to spark some sizzle...okay, you get the idea.
Try these three tips for reigniting your passion for your career:
Attitude is everything: You can't control everything, but you can control you, including how you think about a situation and react to it. Walk into your job every morning with a great attitude. Tell yourself it's a good day, even if you're not feeling it right then. Sometimes, you have to "fake it until you make it," but just the simple act of putting a smile on your face can make you feel more positive.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: There has to be something you love about your current job, even if it's just the steady paycheck. But get creative here. What else do you love? Make a list and jot down everything you can think of, whether it's the primo parking, your colleagues, the flexible hours, the coffee machine that spits out java at an oh-so-perfect temperature -- it doesn't matter what you love, just find something. And then focus on that.
Have a sit-down with your boss: No, do not march into his or her office and start complaining about how much you hate the place. Instead, offer to use your expertise in innovative ways, whether that means collaborating with a team to develop a new project or presenting ideas on how you can lead a workshop or development course. Simply creating a change can make you feel more in control and therefore, happier.
Sometimes, though, you have to admit that the two of you are truly over. If you really can't find anything to love about your job and you envision this as a career dead end, it may be time to find a new suitor...er, situation.
Make sure your résumé is polished and, more importantly, that your attitude is a winner so that if you do have to move on, your love affair with your next job never ends.
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