CAREER / 12 July 2017How to Remain Optimistic During the Job Hunt
Have you ever been in a situation when you suddenly find yourself unhappy with your job? Like, somehow the job you have had for the longest time suddenly becomes meaningless? I have been in that situation and it is not pretty. You lose the urge to impress anyone. You lose the urge to go to work. You lose the urge to make money for yourself. It is brutal. But there is a fix for it.
Being unhappy at work is a common thing that people deal with. You might think “I’m the only one unhappy,” but that is usually not the case. You might not realize that you’ve been looking at work with the wrong mindset.
At work, there are things you can label as “good” or “bad”. For example, I did a really good job executing that project or my co-worker is just a bad worker. With this kind of mindset, I can almost guarantee that you will start being unhappy with your job. The first step to creating and sustaining happiness is to stop thinking about the good and bad. Be aware of what is happening but do not label it good or bad. Instead, think about what you need to do to make yourself find inner peace.
Inner peace can mean a lot of things. In workplace happiness, it means that you first start acknowledging what has happened, you cannot change. The only thing you can change is what you feel about it. Of course, if you did poor on a project, which has gotten your boss to yell at you, feel a little grief. But after that period of grief, hopefully short, you look back and see what you did wrong and why you did it wrong. Then from there, you choose to become better at that thing. In life, happiness is what you make of the world, workplace happiness is the same.
Another aspect to inner peace is to let go of any grudges you have at work. This is going to be a tough one, but one that will make you immensely happy. Grudges take a huge toll on one’s energy. What I’m talking about is how much glucose and sugar your brain uses to keep a grudge. Another aspect to this is you just think too much about this person. Once you let go of your grudge, your shoulders will feel so much lighter. You will feel so much better knowing that they are not in your thoughts anymore. Because honestly, thinking about that person that you have a grudge on takes way too much energy. Being jealous is also the same thing. Let go of your jealousy and do your own thing.
Now, let’s talk about work. At your workplace, there are many different things that happen everyday. You engage with the same people day in and day out. You do the same thing over and over again. Now of course, this is generalizing, but you get the point. These things in your everyday routine can either make you more happy, or more annoyed. Let’s choose the more happy aspect.
A major key to being happy at work is to enjoy working with your co-workers. I can say for sure that I hated being a waiter at a restaurant, but I enjoyed working with my co-workers so much, I stayed for an extra 2 years just to work with them. You spend so much time with your co-workers, why not become friends with them? Learn who they are as people. Once you get context, everything becomes much more enjoyable.
Another key to creating happiness is to find passion in your work. You don’t need to love your job or anything like that, but find a goal that you want your work to portray. Maybe if you work as a secretary, find that everyday you try to make people smile when they talk to you. These little moments can create big happiness in your life.
I can keep going on and on about creating and sustaining happiness in your workplace, but there is one key thing that you have to know about happiness. Happiness comes from within. We know that when we humans pursue happiness, we are never end up happy. To be happy, we have to create circumstances where it can emerge by itself. So just always remember, happiness only shows itself when you are truly engaged in your work, with inner peace, with friends and co-workers, and with passion in what you do.
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