Being stuck in a dead end job can be one of the most debilitating and stressful situations one can face in their life. The sad part is most of us know when we’re trapped in such a situation but choose the unproductive sanctity of the familiar rather than the short term discomfort of change. The hardest thing to do is acknowledge and accept that it’s in your best interest to ditch the comfortable and move on and grow as a person. Get out of your comfort zone and start that business or switch jobs to try out something new.
Here are 7 reasons why you’re strong (and smart) enough to survive short-term discomfort and change your situation:
- You’ve learned that money does not equal happiness. For most people, it’ll take a lifetime of failed relationships, poor health and lack of real achievement to realize that amassing money should never have been the goal. The goal should have been to be truly happy. Happiness is achieved through meaningful relationships and by realizing one’s potential – not through short-term emotional highs or sticking with an unfulfilling job just because it will make a couple hundred dollars more per month. Don’t be afraid to trade your higher salary for a happier existence.
- You’ve realized that you’re no longer learning. Stress and anxiety levels decrease when you’re learning new tasks – not to mention you’re growing as a person. When you’ve acknowledged that the monotony and replication of a job is negatively affecting you, you’ve taken the first step to motivating yourself to move on and seek person grow elsewhere. Life is too short, get out there, open your mind and learn new things!
- You’ve embraced the fact that nothing worthwhile comes easy. Sure, most of us think that it would be great to win the lottery or inherit a huge sum of money. The fact is that real personal satisfaction comes from hard work and savings, not luck or gifts. When you were a kid you’d save up for weeks or months to buy that toy/used car/computer you researched so much – appreciating every detail and facet of it. It’s the hard work, growing and achievement that will lead to happiness. Don’t avoid things that are ‘hard’ – look at them as goals which, when accomplished, will lead to feelings of self-worth.
- You’re not content with the status quo. Plenty of people are fine with being average, with being told what to do – you’re smarter than that. Just because your coworkers are ‘fine’ with complaining and sticking it out, doesn’t mean it’s in your best interest to stay there with them. Act on your courage to break from the pack and do something unique or different.
- You’re genuinely positive about the future. Staying positive and optimistic will reduce stress and lead to success. Your peers, potential employers and clients always pick up on this and will react accordingly. If you can continue to focus on what good can come from change, you’ll never be disappointed.
- You’re hungry to be someone. One thing people often forget is that you can always make a change for the better. Just because you’re in a rut today, doesn’t mean you have to be in one tomorrow. People that make a name for themselves start with one step in the right direction and weren’t afraid to get out in the world and be someone.
- You’re not afraid to fail. This is perhaps one of the toughest mental hurdles to overcome – the fear of failure. It’s been said before, but failing can be extremely valuable. Failure is a learning process – it’s is a way to check off an option that didn’t work. If you really think about it, you respect people that try to achieve their dream and fail way more than those who are too afraid of failure to try. The funny thing about people who try and fail – eventually they succeed and realize achieve their goals.
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