It’s easy to start dreaming of a new job and how wonderful it might be. Especially when you’re having a bad day. You start to imagine all the things you’ve always wanted in a job. Including that perfect office with the Jacuzzi. And a kitchen with a private chef.
You see yourself happy and appreciated by all. Sharing a laugh in the hallway with the boss. And being given tickets to a great rock concert. Or Broadway show. Or the World Series. In your dream you’re showered with money and titles. And then maybe more success? More titles?
The grass may be greener, but it still has to be mowed!
So now let’s look at some reality
When you’re dreaming of a new job, let your mind run wild. Why not? Good to have a vision of where you ideally want to go. But then take a moment to really look at yourself right where you are NOW. Wasn’t this present job a fantasy job before you got there? Or at least a strong hope.
But wherever you go, there you are. And there is a good chance that at least some of your misery could be remedied before leaving. Using a place you already know and understand as a laboratory, of sorts. Lessons learned where you are now can last forever.
By facing your current challenges head on, you can learn to make your own grass greener. Plus you’ll have a head start in your next job. And that can help the new grass grow even more quickly — in new varieties you never imagined.
Dreaming of a new job right where you are!
So instead of dreaming of the next fantasy job, take some time to honestly look at what you have now. Ask yourself these questions:
- Have you done everything you could to make the most of this job?
- Have you used this job to full advantage to improve your own skills?
- Have you created situations for yourself that have enhanced your experience and helped you grow as a person?
- Have you found ways to better manage your time and workload?
- Have you learned to deal with the difficult people around you?
⇒ Don’t kid yourself. The next job will have difficult people too. They’re everywhere. And so the best place to learn to deal with them is right where you are in your present job.
- If you’re miserable, are there things you might be doing to cause or add to your own discomfort?
- Are there things — anything at all — that you can do to change the way you’re feeling? Think hard about that one. Even if only one thing, it’s worth trying.
⇒ BTW, the energy you apply to this can shift the way you feel about other things too. And the new energy you generate can also change the way people perceive you.
What if you can plant new seeds right where you are?
A few more thoughts
Maybe you’re reading this and thinking that you’ve tried your best, but the job still sucks? And you really want to get out as soon as possible. I get that. But just remember that we human beings will, time and again, delude ourselves to end misery or discomfort. Even if more can be done to turn that around.
If you feel you’ve done everything possible under the circumstances, maybe still give yourself a little more time. It’s an investment in your future, and not only for this job. Try making some “dreaming of a new job” changes where you are. Use those dreams to inspire some creative “experimental” efforts.
You may start seeing your present job, and yourself, in a whole new light. (Here’s that different perspective thing again.) But if you still want to leave, at least you’ll have learned some important workplace techniques. And since those come with you wherever you go, your experimental efforts can help make your next job more enjoyable!
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