When we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place at work best described as a 6’x6’ cubicle aligned with dull gray walls, random post-its, and a tension so thick it can be cut with cheap plastic cutlery from the break-room, we have to ask ourselves; is the stress worth the end result? Do we even know what the end result is supposed to be? Do we really even care? More importantly if we are stressed for the majority of the time we spend on the clock we are probably not doing what we love. Until we find a way to do what we love, and make a living out of it, we have to keep going, do our best, and continue to strive for something better.
Quitting is literally the easiest option anyone can take. We have all reached specific points in our lives when we feel like we’ve had enough, been taken advantage of, and been spread too thin. Getting up, walking out the door, and never looking back would be a relief until the paychecks disappear. Putting in two weeks notice, and coming to work knowing there is an end in sight is that breath of fresh air we all crave every once in a while. Quitting with no job lined up is a risk unless of course we have enough money to pay for bills, and keep up with the lifestyle we have provided for our selves thus far. How many of us can honestly quit our jobs without at least one monetary related worry haunting our minds?
The best thing any of us can do is remain positive because despite our attitude towards our current employment status, we must be doing a fairly good job, otherwise we would have been let go. Let’s face it, we are given the problem because we are the ones to find the solution. Being recognized as the strong link is not the problem; it is the lack of appreciation, and unrealistic expectations that cause do-gooders to loose their drive. We have to force ourselves to punch in, do our jobs, and use our free time to find something better because the only thing us overworked paper pushers have control over is ourselves. We may not seem to believe we are making a significant impact on our employer, and no matter what we do we can’t seem to earn a raise or promotion, but we can change our attitudes on a day to day basis, and change the way we look at ourselves, and our futures. We are worth as much as we believe we are worth. We have to get up, get dressed, and own it!
Sure it is nice to complain to co-workers who understand and relate to how we feel. It’s healthy to vent about our feelings every once in a while. Of course the time spent complaining can be used to do something a tad more productive like look for another job, exercise until we feel like we have used up all of our negative energy, and update our resumes by adding a description of the responsibilities we have been taking on, and complaining about. We would probably be pleasantly surprised to see how much we have learned, and how much we are able to accomplish in a single work day when we see it organized, and formatted to fit in our resumes. We have to look at each job responsibility as a stepping stone to something better.
It’s important to keep an eye on the prize, think about why we are in the current position we are in, and remember at one time we did have a goal. If we are waking up every morning with a negative attitude about going to work then we have not reached our goals. Our current situations are only temporary, and we need to remember that, and do something about it before we get stale, and overweight from eating too many donuts, and cupcakes leftover in the break-room. The highlight of our work day shouldn’t be free food. We can’t blame tight jeans, and a muffin top on anyone but ourselves. We can’t blame our choices on anyone but ourselves. We surely don’t want to suddenly wake up and realize we just spent 20 years working for a company because settling was easier than staying motivated. Two decades at one place with nothing to show for it except an extra 20 pounds is called giving up.
Being unhappy is unhealthy. If we aren’t happy at work we have to do something about it. We can’t blame everything on the company, on that one annoying co-worker, or on the fact that we gained weight from sitting at a desk eating all day. Our unhappiness at work will eventually expand into our personal lives, and we don’t want that to happen. We should all be smiling when we get out of work because we feel accomplished as if we are contributing to a greater good, and working towards our goals that we once set for ourselves, and sadly right now for some of us those goals might feel like a meager thought, or distant memory.
Rather than make excuses, or settling, right now we have to break out of the cubicle, professionally speak up for what we want, and work towards bettering ourselves. We can’t sell ourselves short just because complaining is easier than working, and we can’t quit just because, well we aren’t quitters. If we’re unhappy with our current career status we have to keep looking. We should be putting as much effort into ourselves, physically and mentally as we do into a 40 hour work week.