I have worked with many clients over the years who in one way or another, did not enjoy their current work situation.
In some cases, apart from the company, they just did not like the office and people they were working with.
And there were other cases, when their team was the only reason for staying but they despised their boss and stopped having fun in their jobs long time ago.
Then, there were more severe cases in which the individual strongly disagreed with the company’s values and felt that these values clashed with his personal values. At the other end of the spectrum, there were those who just felt a “little uncomfortable and bored” when heading to the office.
Interestingly, while some of these clients were heading towards a serious career change, a majority at the end decided to work out their differences and stayed in their old workplace, but this time around, being much happier. How did it happen?
There is one common mistake many people involved in a day-to-day working process make and that is their minds get “closed” within the environment they are in.
For example, if you feel you are constantly arguing with your boss or a colleague, you may feel unappreciated, belittled, de-motivated and frustrated. The arguments are something you have come to expect, and they become a “normal” part of your working life.
Over time, you may even forget that this situation is abnormal and actually, you would rather be part of a peaceful, respectful and fun working environment.
What you need to do is to realise that you can make your own decisions about your behaviour at your workplace and the feelings connected to it. You can decide that, in spite of your boss’s moodiness, you will keep your cool. The behaviour of others is their choice while the impact you let them have on you is yours.
Once you consciously make this decision and live by it (be prepared that the implementation may take time), you will experience a profound change in how you view others and the way others view you.
You will realise that you make your own decisions more easily and surprisingly, that others accept them. You will stop being involved in unimportant squabbles, and you will become more focused on the task at hand.
Once you have achieved your peace of mind, regardless of the circumstances, then and only then is the time right to decide whether a career change is still your highest priority. It may just happen that you realise you are genuinely happy with your current situation.