Are you working in a job that is okay, nothing great, but it pays the bills? Do you put in your time at work, so you can live your life on the weekends? Are you settling because you figure the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know?
Are you aware you might be slowly killing yourself?
In his recent book, Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek cites several studies linking unhappy work environments to depression, anxiety, stress, heart disease, and early death rates.
Why do we stay at these unfulfilling jobs?
We often feel trapped. We lament, I can’t quit. I need the money. Yet, if we examine our expenses carefully, there are often opportunities to save money. If it gave us the opportunity to do what we love and live longer, might we be willing to eat out less often, buy fewer clothes, keep our cars longer, and even downsize our home?
Better still, we might not have to cut back. When we use our network of relationships to explore new opportunities, we often find a job that is better suited to our talents and pays even more than our current gig.
We know this, yet we find it difficult to take that first step towards a more fulfilling job. Why? We struggle because we are afraid of the unknown, of what might happen if we leave.
How do we move from fear to confidence?
First, we acknowledge that we never know what tomorrow will bring. That “safe” job you don’t like could very well disappear tomorrow.
Second, we reflect on what has gotten us through prior difficult times. Maybe it was our persistence, integrity, and determination, or the quality of our closest relationships, or our faith in God. Maybe it was something else. Whatever helped you before, perhaps you can call upon it again to help you pursue job opportunities you love.
When we focus on our ability to survive and even thrive in difficult times, we can start to move from fear to confidence and feel empowered to take that all important first step.