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Let me ask you a question. How are your Mondays? What do you feel the first minutes after waking up? Are you excited for what’s about to come next?
To tell you the truth – most people aren’t. There’s a nice label for those Monday mornings that feel like hell. It’s called “Monday blues”, and it suggests the dreading feeling of having to start a new week.
Many people start their weeks thinking “Oh, I just have to get past Friday and then everything’s going to be fine again”. They hate their jobs so much. Therefore, they’ll only be enjoying approximately two days out of seven.
I’m talking about half of Friday (because the other half is work), Saturday, and half of Sunday (because the other half is preparation for work).
My main point is: if an individual doesn’t enjoy what he works, he’ll be wasting half of his life, allowing stress and disappointment to predominate their overall feelings.
Even though your case might now be that extreme, you’re still here for a reason. You’re reading this post because you want to find the courage to quit something that you no longer enjoy. The good thing is that you’re aware of your need to change; it’s not unconscious anymore – therefore, you have a choice.
During today’s post, we’re going to advise you how to create the necessary personal strength in order to quit the job that makes you miserable. You deserve more. It’s just a matter of how you think about yourself.
If you understand and accept that life can become better anytime you want it to, you’re already beginning to make a progress. Enough talk, let’s see the practical advice:
1. Commit to Take Back the Control
When you do something that doesn’t make you happy, you’re most likely doing it because you’ve lost the control over your life. You might want to do something else – you may even think about it a lot – and still, you’re not taking any action towards that change.
This is called procrastination, fear, and mediocrity. Bad habits might also cause your lack of control. Now that you’re aware of your problem, you need to prepare for action (more on this later in the article).
2. Transform Your Fear of Failure into Fear of Regret
Before planning your actions, you must work on yourself first. Most of us fear something. When it comes to quitting a job, the most common fear is the fear of failure. It comes really fast, in an unconscious way, and it sabotages every decision that you make.
If you quit your job, you might fail at getting the next, so the thought of actually quitting becomes terrifying. Instead of allowing this fear to be predominant, you can use an efficient strategy that I often use:
Replace the fear of failure with the fear of regret. Regret comes after not doing something or not taking the chances on something. Failure comes after several tries. The thing is, you won’t always fail – eventually, success will show up. Regret is never productive, so you’d better fear this thought from now on.
3. Build the “Attack Plan”
The “attack plan” is the step-by-step strategy that will lead you towards a different place and lifestyle. You first have to figure out your next choices. So take a piece of paper, and start brainstorming ideas. Find possible replacements and note them down.
Then, you need to decide which of those possible choices are best for you. Next, start researching more on the topic, and establish a To-Do list. Every item that you write in your list must lead to the accomplishment of your bigger purpose.
4. Develop Your Skills
You might be skilled in your field, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for improvement. Most successful people continue to develop their knowledge and aptitudes even after they’ve accomplished what they wanted.
Continuous learning is a key to a greater development. Moreover, if you focus on your skills, you’ll be able to present more benefits to your future employers. Even this thought should give you confidence that things will be fine once you have the courage to initiate the change.
Quitting a job is never easy. It involves some risk, some courage, and some action. Most individuals are afraid of facing these “requirements”, so they remain extremely comfortable.
Their comfort zone is keeping them mediocre, and it’ll keep them that way until they find the necessary resources to break out.
You should never be that person. Don’t let a tedious job destroy your happiness and lifestyle. More than often – if your responsibilities allow it – you’ll be better off being poorer but free.
About the Author:
Eva Wislow works as a career coach at Careers Booster, a resume writing service. She loves helping people achieve life satisfaction and success at work. Eva finds her inspiration in writing.