“I can do this in my sleep”
When you finally understand your work and know exactly what you are doing, it’s a very comforting feeling that not many people would want to divorce themselves from. That is when you know that you have found your comfort zone. Does that mean that you are a happy worker? Or are you just conforming yourself to do what you have to in order to earn a buck or two?
Most people work to earn money to pay burdensome bills with rarely having the luxury to spoil themselves. Working the nine to five weekly routine seems ideal because, most of the time, you have the rest of the day to do as you please. Over time, naturally, you will begin to get bored and agitated at work because your routine and almost automated job doesn’t excite you or challenge you like on the first day that you started. Your manager will eat on your last nerve and your work environment will feel very unpleasant leaving you feeling and looking morbid. Any new opportunities that come your way will be the greatest escape yet something you have a thousand doubts about, why? Well, basically it is because you are scared of change and would much rather stick to what you know, which is the same job that drains your energy and leave you feeling unhappy.
I’ve been stuck in a similar situation that I hated and constantly complain about because it made me unhappy. This affected my life away from work specifically my studies. My manager at the time tried to change my mind by saying “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side”. I was stuck in a bad space and to top it off I received the worst pep talk from the people who made me miserable. I remembered a quote I read a while ago that gave me the much-needed motivation to walk away from the space I was in (with my middle finger in the air).
“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your, mind, feelings and emotions”Will Smith
It’s a funny story though, I walked into a Department that I would never have thought of five years ago- Information Technology. Four months into my new position and I am excited to go to work every day because I work in a pleasant and positive environment. My peers seem very passionate about their work and the impact it has on the Department as a whole.
Once again, take a leap of faith and step into new challenges. That challenge might be the break you needed and always dreamed of. You are worth more than a paycheque, so do what is needed for yourself FIRST. Oh and remember “the grass is greener where you water it” so go ahead and fertilize your lawn!
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