IN TODAY'S working world, we have become accustomed to the idea of having a good number of different jobs during the span of a career. But this doesn't mean you should look for a new position whenever you start to feel unhappy.
Depending on where you are in your career path, it can often be better to stick it out for a while. There are many good reasons to remain in your role, and with a little imagination and a positive attitude, you can make the most of the job you are in.
The first step to improving your job satisfaction is to conduct a thorough audit of your current situation.
First, focus on your job responsibilities. Which aspects of your role bore you, and which areas motivate or inspire you? Where do your skills and accomplishments lie?
Also consider your work environment. What is your office culture like and how well do you relate to and work with your colleagues? Finally, analyse your attitude. Your satisfaction at work is not determined only by your circumstances; it has a lot to do with you, as well. If you are unhappy at work, it's highly likely that you have developed a negative attitude.
Adopting a positive outlook is not something most people achieve overnight.
The best way to start looking on the bright side is to track and intercept your negative thoughts. When a negative thought occurs to you or you have a negative reaction to something, you should stop and consider how you can turn this into positive thinking. Your goal should be to keep any negatives in perspective, and make a mental list of the aspects of your role you are grateful for - no matter how small.
If you find that the corporate culture of your office gets you down, recognise your place in that culture and your contribution to it. Your negative attitude has more than likely been impacting those around you and the benefits to be gained from turning it around could be wider than you think.
It is very easy to feel disempowered by the drudgery of your day-to-day role, but ultimately you have more control over your situation than you think.
Once you have begun to master your new positive attitude, imagine yourself in your dream job.
What will you be doing? If you are not sure of what your dream job is, a good place to start is to identify your signature skills and accomplishments and the things you enjoy doing most. You should then work on developing those skills, maximising your accomplishments, and doing more of the things you enjoy about your role.
Working in a field that interests you and enables you to invest in your future can boost your confidence, as well as your mood, so keep yourself busy with as many interesting projects as possible. The less time you have to be bored, the less time you have to think negative thoughts.
Do not let the conventional requirements of your role limit your imagination. If you think hard enough, you will find opportunities in your current job to help you achieve those bigger goals down the track.
Speak to your manager and others around you to see if there is a new or different project you can get involved in - or ask if you can develop one on your own. You may be surprised by the response you receive.
If your manager is a good leader, he will be open to constructive suggestions and realise that job suitability leads to greater productivity and a happier employee.
Just remember to make use of your new optimistic outlook and frame your requests in a positive way - your enthusiasm will make your requests difficult to refuse!
With a little extra effort, you can find meaning and fulfilment in any role. Draw attention to all your successes along the way and make sure your results get noticed by the right people.
By keeping your focus on the bigger picture and breaking down your dreams into smaller achievable goals, you will find the motivation you need to get you through the workday.