Are You In The Wrong Job? A Five Question Quiz
By Mary Miller
1. Are you trying to get answers from Google?
2. Have you watched Office Space more times than you’d like to admit?
3. Do Sunday nights make you break out in a cold sweat?
4. Are you no longer able to manage your stress like you once could?
5. Do you often escape into the bathroom during a meeting to scream, cry, or punch something due to frustration?
If you answered yes to the majority of these questions, then you are probably in the wrong job. Your job fits you as well as your 5 year old’s sweater. The problem is that it’s a really well-paying job, and you have no idea what you’d do instead.
That is why…you’re still there…with a reoccurring case of the “Mundays.” But your grip on the ladder is starting to fail you and you don’t know how much longer you can hang on.
The good news is that you’re the architect of your own life. Yes – your life. This isn’t just about your career; it’s about your life.
Here’s what you can do about it.
• Stop to think about what is causing your stress? Look for your triggers
• Write down why this is the “job from hell” – be specific. What doesn’t fit (i.e. too many details, no time to think etc)?
• Now take that and turn each negative statement into a positive one (i.e. I get to work on one project at a time, I have time to think & plan – it’s part of my job)
• Which parts of your job do you like?
• When did you stop liking your job?
• Now for the hard one…does part of the loathing you have for your job come from your attitude? If so, how?
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About the Author
Mary R. Miller is a writer, poet, speaker, and innovator. She is also the founder of My Dream Catalyst; a community that helps women in successful yet fulfilling careers discover and claim their dreams. She has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and Business Coaching Certification. By age 30 she met all of her career goals and came face-to-face with her overachieving, perfectionist, and workaholic self. One decision at a time, she began to define and live her version of success. She has a passion and fierceness for getting people to care enough about themselves to discover and claim their dreams. Her weekly blogs and eGuides are all tools to help people break out of bondage and live in the freedom that comes from being yourself.