Entering adulthood is a beautiful and often stressful experience. Society would have us believe that by now, you should be in the best job, house, income and living situation of your dreams, worthy of “Instagram” shares, otherwise there is something wrong. You don’t have to know what you are passionate about, yet! Learn from every single experience and be open to trying different things. Accept that this doesn’t have to be your “forever” job. A taste of financial freedom and independence helps foster your self-esteem and motivation to succeed. Perhaps you are still attending school, or are balancing work and school simultaneously. Whatever you are doing, know that this experience is offering you skills, knowledge and real-world reminders to always try your best.
By showing up for yourself, you learn to trust the timing of your life, and although you may be working for somebody else, you are doing this for you. Perhaps you had a different idea of what your job would be, but I guarantee you, you are in the right place at the right time. Always. Ask yourself- what is the lesson you need to learn at this given moment? We end up growing from the things that bring us discomfort or pain as we leave our “comfort zones” and step into a new way of being. Even going on interviews that you didn’t end up receiving an offer bring you the opportunity to practice meeting people, learning about what you like and don’t like and help narrow your focus towards what brings you most satisfaction. This way, you start to develop your values about yourself, others and the world around you.
When you are getting stressed out or overwhelmed at work, try to break it down into smaller actions that are meaningful to you. At the end of the day, we are people helping people- regardless of what form, title or salary your job currently provides. Think about it and notice how that thought immediately shifts your perspective about work.
Create healthy boundaries with your co-workers and foster healthy relationship. Avoid office gossip and petty drama. Instead, invest in positive and uplifting interactions throughout your day. It’s okay to say “no” if you need to. Ask for help when you need it. Seek mentors online if they are not at your current workplace.
Satisfaction with work has little to do with the working conditions and pay grade and more to do with how you approach your work. Focus on the HOW and WHY you do it, rather than the WHAT you are doing especially when you don’t want to work or maybe are feeling tired that day. Remember, you are not your job. Your job is only one part of your life and it does not define you.