You probably know that there is a link between job satisfaction and physical and mental health. But did you know that job happiness (or lack of it) is one of the strongest indicators of your health in midlife? Your level of satisfaction at work while in your 20s and 30s very much carries over into your later years.
There’s a significant chunk of folks out there who should pay attention to this because it’s estimated that as many as 35% of working folks feel “meh” or worse about their work. Some studies report this statistic as being over twice that high.
Here are 3 Small Steps to Help You Decide If You Should Change Careers:
Look for these signs, if you see one or more it’s time to consider your options.
1. You’re bored.
If you aren’t being challenged and each day is a repeat of one uninspired day after another, it could be time to look at alternatives.
You are at work, not in jail. Start sniffing around for projects or initiatives in and outside of work that will provide change and more of a challenge. If you are at a dead end then start thinking about other things you’d like to do. Check out 3 Small Steps to Figure Out What Interests You
2. You don’t feel appreciated, you aren’t paid enough, and you feel overworked.
If you detest coming into the office and live your life like the classic Loverboy song “Working for the weekend” that’s a red flag. So is getting hit hard with dread starting around Sunday afternoon at the thought of returning to work on Monday. (If this is you, please consider signing up for my Sunday Night Letter).
If you are feeling miserable, please know it’s never too late to make a change. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Think about what else you might like to do and start talking to people who are doing it. That’s a great starting point.
3. You feel a pull to try something different.
You might feel like your job is actually okay—pretty good even. Sometimes, you might not be bored or super unhappy but you are pulled to do something else. Perhaps it’s something you would find more meaningful like a calling or a passion.
This is when things get interesting! You might dive right in or stop dead in your tracks feeling overcome by fear, self-doubt, or money concerns.
Of course, you have valid concerns. You worry that you will fail but you also need to consider the other side of the coin. What if you thrive? Get all your fears out on paper and consider the positives and possibilities as well as the potential downside. Also consider if you are content to still be in the same work situation in one-year or five-years. Does that thought make you feel miserable or happy?
Consider the long-term consequences of things such as work-related stress to your health and well-being. Don’t suffer. Our livelihood shouldn’t be filling us with despair but making us come alive.
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