When you’re stuck in a job you hate (or one that bores you), you'll start to dread Mondays.
In some cases, you might even start to dread everyday except Saturday.
Sundays are just a reminder that Monday is coming in a few short hours.
You might even start to feel depressed. And once that starts, you’ll feel like you are wasting your time and maybe even watching your soul die inside more each day.
So what can you do? The way I look at it, there are four options:
Plan A) Don't Do Anything
Keep doing what you’re doing and continue to hate your life. Warning: this leads to self-loathing, bitterness and probably some kind of substance abuse to numb the pain. It really only gets worse and worse. Please don’t take this route.
Plan B) Talk About It.
You can talk about doing something and plan to do something meanwhile the only thing you are doing is driving your friends and significant other a bit crazy with all of the talking. Sadly, talk is cheap. Action is what really matters most.
Plan C) Start Taking Action
Fire out your resume and apply for loads of jobs online. Warning — the odds of getting a position online are about like finding an honest politician in Washington DC. Don’t believe me? That’s fine —keep applying to those “open” jobs online. Just don’t be surprised when they are already filled or you never hear back.
Instead of this slot machine approach, do this: contact people you know and tell them you are looking for another job. Find companies you want to work for and skip the middleman altogether and go straight to a decision maker. Sure you may break a few “rules” but until you build up the courage to break some rules, you’re probably not confident enough to get hired anyway.
Plan D) Dig Even Deeper
Build your own business and do what you want to do. This is the hardest option by far. You will hustle more than you can fathom and you will face more challenges than you ever thought possible. This isn’t an option for the faint of heart. If you feel called to do this though — there is no other way. All other choices simply delay the inevitable.
So those are the four plans. Now it’s time to choose. Not making a decision is really option A that I listed above.
I beg you not to “stick it out” and wait for something to happen.
You must be intentional and proactive with your life. If you’re not, you will quickly waste your life away.
I’ve been there. I know how it feels. I know how scary it is. Stop the pity party. NO ONE is to blame but yourself for sticking around.
Any way you slice it, you need adventure. The best remedy for a crushed spirit is a fulfilling adventure. This probably doesn’t mean quitting your job tomorrow. Maybe it does. Each individual is different. What you need to do is take the first proactive step.
At bare minimum, you need INTENTIONAL change in your life. To remedy this, go do something that scares you.
I’m serious, lean into your fear.
When you feel something pushing against you, you can let it crush you or you can PUSH back.
Sure it’s scary when you step out in any way. Fear wants to keep you miserable. Ignore the negative voices in your head. Ignore all the lies you’ve heard over the years and accepted as truth.
Go now. Make your move. Embrace adventure today.