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Is fear holding you hostage in a job you hate? Try these 8 steps to gain workplace satisfaction.

Updated: Sep 7

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." –Confucius

A global poll conducted by Gallup has uncovered that out of the world’s one billion full-time workers, only 15% of people are engaged at work. That means that an astronomical 85% of people are unhappy in their jobs. 

Are you feeling stuck in a job you hate? Job dissatisfaction can be attributed to many factors, such as your boss, colleagues, type of work you do, long commuting time, and moral and value conflict, all within the work environment. Do you feel less productive, suffer low workplace morale, or notice more conflict in the workplace? Do you get up every day wanting to quit your job only to drag yourself into work for one more painful or unsatisfying day? Is fear the only thing holding you back from making a change? If so, you are not alone. Many people experience work dissatisfaction and struggle to make a change due to fear of the unknown. Fear is a natural response to survival, and it can be hard to push past into the feared unknown, but with the right steps, you can make a plan to gain workplace satisfaction and take back control of your career. Read on to learn 8 steps to combat fear and make a change toward a career that brings you joy.

  1. Understanding the Root of Your Fear

Understanding the root of your fear is crucial in overcoming it. Take time to reflect on what specifically scares you about making a change in your work environment. Is it the fear of failure, financial instability, or even ruin, or the unknown? We also could be repeating our primitive survival instincts, yet not consciously aware that there is no risk or nothing at stake. By identifying the root cause, you can address it head-on and develop strategies to overcome it. Remember, creating a happy workplace starts with understanding and addressing your fears.

2. Acknowledging the Consequences of Staying Stuck in Your Job

Staying stuck in a job you hate can have serious consequences on your overall well-being and job satisfaction. It can negatively impact your mental health, motivation, productivity, and spill over into your life outside of work, where you find yourself disconnecting or detaching from connection in your personal life. You may find yourself becoming overly negative and pessimistic about life in general. Acknowledging these consequences is important in recognizing the need for change and taking action toward creating future choices. Don't let fear hold you back from pursuing a career that brings you joy and fulfillment.

3. Identifying What You Want Out of Your Career

When identifying what you want out of your career, take a deep look at your passions, interests, and values. Consider the type of career and workplace that aligns with your values and the activities that bring you job satisfaction. Reflect on what truly makes you happy in a work environment and use that as a guiding force to shape your career direction and goals. Identifying your desires and priorities will help you create a clear vision for a happy workplace. You may realize that a flexible work schedule is crucial for your work-life balance, or perhaps you thrive in a collaborative and supportive team environment. Maybe you value opportunities for growth and development, or you are passionate about positively impacting your field. Remember that a happy work environment can contribute to your overall job satisfaction and well-being. It is worth investing time and effort into identifying what you want out of your career to ensure that you find a workplace that brings you joy and fulfillment.

4. Creating a Plan to Achieve Your Career Goals

Creating a plan to achieve your career goals is essential to gaining workplace satisfaction. It starts with identifying potential career options by examining your interests, skills, and values through self-assessment. Take the time to research different companies and industries and talk to professionals in the field to narrow down your options.

To better understand what each career entails, consider participating in experiences such as shadowing, volunteering, or internships. These opportunities will provide valuable insights and help you further narrow your list. Once you have a shorter list of potential careers, prioritize your skills, interests, and values. Compare these priorities against each career option to see which aligns best with your goals. Also, consider factors like current demand, qualifications needed, and potential outcomes and barriers.

Don't hesitate to seek advice from trusted friends, colleagues, and family members. Their input can provide valuable perspectives and help you make a more informed decision.

Choose one or two career paths that align with your priorities and goals, depending on your comfort level. Setting "SMART" goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) will help you stay focused and motivated throughout the process.

Remember, creating a plan to achieve your career goals is an important step towards a happy workplace. Take the time to reflect, gather information, and set achievable goals, and you'll be on your way to finding fulfillment and satisfaction in your career.

5. Seeking Support and Guidance

During your journey toward finding workplace satisfaction, it's important to seek support and guidance from others. Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or mentors who can provide advice and encouragement. Consider joining professional networking groups or seeking career coaching services to gain valuable insights and support. Surrounding yourself with a strong support system can help you stay motivated, provide different perspectives, and offer guidance as you navigate the challenges of making a career change.

6. Developing a Positive Mindset and Outlook

Developing a positive mindset and outlook is crucial when combating fear and making a change in your career. Start by focusing on the things you can control and shifting your perspective to see challenges as opportunities for growth. Intentionally develop a practice of self-compassion, gratitude and affirmations to foster a positive mindset. Surround yourself with positive influences and seek out resources that inspire and motivate you. Remember, your mindset can greatly impact your ability to overcome fear and find workplace satisfaction.

7. Taking Action and Making Bold Moves

Now that you have identified your fears and developed a plan, it's time to take action and make bold moves toward a career that brings you joy. Start by setting clear goals and deadlines for yourself. Break down your plan into actionable steps and hold yourself accountable. Embrace the discomfort that comes with change and be willing to take risks. Remember, progress is made by taking action, so don't let fear hold you back from pursuing your dreams. Trust in yourself and the plan you have created, and take the first step towards a happier work life.

8. Celebrating Your Successes and Embracing Change

Once you have taken the necessary steps to combat your fears and make a change in your career, it's important to celebrate your successes along the way. Embrace the progress you have made, no matter how small, and acknowledge the courage it took to make bold moves. Embracing change can be challenging, but by celebrating your achievements and embracing the new opportunities that come your way, you can continue to grow and find true workplace satisfaction.

Be well and choose your best working life to live


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