As you sit reading this you may be one of the many people who are unengaged at work. Over the past few years there have been several studies showing that up to 87% of us are not happy at our jobs. It would seem like a no brainer for us to get up and find something else, but we don’t. So why do we continue to do anything that does not satisfy our well-being?
The answer will be different for all of us, but the following examples are common throughout the workplace.
- Fear – Being afraid to start or start over.
- Lack of skills – Feeling like you’re not qualified.
FEAR IS A GOOD THING!
When we are starting something new it is normal for us to feel afraid. It is our bodies natural response to anything that is outside of our comfort zone. Comfort equals safety, but comfort can also equal unhappiness. When we are comfortable we stop challenging ourselves. When we stop challenging ourselves we stop growing. When we stop growing, our happiness could ultimately fade away.
This is what happens in the workplace. When we begin a new job we feel excited. We are excited and challenged as we are learning something new. After a certain amount of time we adapt and can do the job without even thinking about it. And that is exactly what happens, we stop thinking. We find our routine and we begin living the same day over and over again. The challenge of learning something new fades away and most of us become bored.
I use fear as a tool. When I begin working on something new and fear enters my mind I know that I have an amazing opportunity for growth ahead of me. This year I am working on visiting and speaking at schools (Any teachers, school administrators lets connect 😉 ). The thought of it is scary. Standing on stage in front of hundreds of kids wondering how I will be able to connect with them sends my mind racing. but it’s that feeling of fear that lets me know that I am on the right track.
YOU MAY BE MORE QUALIFIED THAN YOU THINK
I believe that if there is a job that we are interested in doing we should at least try to get it. We don’t know if we are qualified or not unless we fully commit to trying. I don’t mean sending in a resume with a blank email. Most jobs get hundreds of resumes, and most of those resumes never get more than a glance. We need to do whatever it takes to stand out.
If there was ever a job that I was interested in I would do anything that I could to stand out. I would submit my resume along with an email or cover letter showing that I was passionate about the job. Be careful not to sound generic. It always shows. So does passion.
I posted a picture on Instagram last night that reminded me of something that inspired me to write this morning. Years ago I was looking for a job as a headhunter (recruiter). I had no prior experience and I didn’t meet the “minimum requirements.” I applied anyway, and to my surprise I got a call for an interview. I was taken over by happiness.
My interview consisted of having lunch with the President of the company and five other people. Their questions were rapidly fired at me one after another. I was underprepared and overwhelmed by the interview. Later that day I found out that I would not be receiving an offer. My excitement quickly turned to disappointment.
I took another job, but I couldn’t get over not getting an offer from the other company. I knew in my heart that I could do that job. I would periodically check-in and email the President wishing him well. I became bored at my current job, and one day sent a long and passionate email to the President of the other company telling him that I knew I could do the job. His response was simple, “I like your perseverance. Let’s have lunch.” We had lunch the following day and as we said goodbye he told me that I would have an offer letter emailed to me by the end of the day.
I wasn’t qualified on paper, but my perseverance paid off and I was able to sell my true self. Not every situation will be the same, but we have to at least try. The point is if we want something bad enough we can have it. Whether it’s a new job or a promotion at our current job, we should go for it. Even if we try our best at something and we don’t get it there is still plenty of opportunity for growth. We can find out what we were missing and do whatever is necessary to improve ourselves.
It doesn’t matter what our age, circumstances, or the perception we have on ourselves. If there is something that we want to do we should find a way to make it happen. Be creative and find ways to make whatever your dreams may be a reality. Stop being comfortable and do something that scares the crap out of you, because the excitement that will follow could be life changing.
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