6 Signs You’re in the Wrong Job!

Approximately 1/3 of your time on this planet is spent working. That’s a massive portion of your life, so spending it in the wrong job is a tragedy of epic proportions. If you aren’t on a career path that allows you reach your maximum potential and contributes to your true value, it starts to chisel away at your state of mind. In my last article we identified 6 signs you are in the right job or career.When you’re in the wrong job or the wrong career, it’s a sure thing you will experience one or more of the following emotional drains. 

These 6 killers are brutal! 

1. Indifference: You are uncomfortably numb.You don’t feel any emotion, good or bad, when it comes to your work. You check off the tasks. Your duties are there, but they just don’t create any meaningful positive feelings. You rarely talk about work outside the office; in fact, you hate it when people ask you what you do for a living. Work feels like this inevitable part of life, it stimulates zero excitement. Not even big accomplishments and epic wins bring you much joy. At the same time, the challenges that cause your colleagues to run around with their hair on fire don’t create stress for you. There just isn’t life to it. 

2. Apprehension. You dread each morning, especially Mondays. You may even feel dread the night before every workday. Sunday nights are locked with poor sleep and an inability to relax. But not all dread means you are in the wrong job. You could be in the wrong company, the wrong location, or the wrong department. A number of factors can inspire dread. To find out if it’s your role, ask yourself these questions: Do I like the people I work with? Do I feel good about the company I work for and its mission? Do I like where I work and feel good about my commute?If you answered yes to those questions, then take a deeper look at your job to understand why it isn’t right for you.

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3. Envy.You know you are in the wrong role because you wish you had someone else’s career or job, and not in that mentor-ish, aspiring ways. You look at her/him in meetings wishing you had that job. I had a client who was a senior marketing executive at a well-known and successful company. She was really successful and well-liked by everyone, but she just wasn’t fulfilled. The results of the Sims Consulting360 survey had one comment that brought it all together for her. The respondent said, “You’re good at what you do. I just can’t understand why you’re in marketing. You seem like an operational person to me.” That one comment opened a new world for her. She had intended to pursue a career in operations, but she landed an amazing first job in marketing. She climbed the ladder rapidly in marketing until she was so far away from operations that she couldn’t remember that it had been her goal.  It set clear for her why she envied this other person. She saw her as someone who had followed her passion and was happy in her role. 

4. Boredom. You can do your job without thinking too much. You spend a large portion of your day unaware. Have you ever driven to work or home and realized 10-15 minutes into it that you were completely on auto-pilot? It’s kind of like that. You are not engaged because you don’t need to be. One day seems like all the others. Every day is predictable. It’s Groundhog’s Dayfor you. There’s nothing to look forward to and nothing that stands out at the end of the week as a particularly valuable activity. The days turn into weeks and weeks, months. Time goes by slowly because you’re just waiting for the whistle to blow so go home and start over again….maybe.

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5. Fear.You feel like an imposter in your role and worry that you’ll be found out. You sense that you are in over your head or just not a good match with the required skills. You worry about making mistakes or threatened by your colleagues who seem better suited for the role. You get the feeling that “one of these things is not like the other,” and you think you’re the one who doesn’t fit. Every day you worry that this is the moment when they figure out you’re a fraud.

Or…..! The environment really is toxic. People get fired or quit regularly. There is a constant question mark above everyone’s head. I spent 18 months in a culture like this recently and let me tell you, it’s hell. Walking in fear of when the next axe will swing is no way to live or work, and YOU DON’T HAVE TO! 

6. Stuck.Your just don’t get to use your superpowers! You know, the things that make you shine like a diamond. You’re fully confident you could contribute at a much higher level, but your current position limits your ability to be your best self. You feel shackled and unsure how to make a meaningful change. You’re stuck.

If you’re feeling one or more of these emotions, it’s time to take charge of your career. Don’t get me wrong here! There are areas where we can all self-sabotage here and need to get real to work on ourselves. But, after that’s been done all these things can still exist if you are in the wrong line of work.  Work should make you feel inspired, and it should be the pathway for delivering your total value to this planet. Speak with a coach about this. Do some introspection to define the job that’s right for you. Take career quizzes or assessments. Talk to people who have jobs you think might be right for you. I designed a full course for this called YOU INC. to assist people of all walks of life in unearthing their true purpose, and the pathway to experience it. 

You’ll spend thousands of hours of your life working. Spend that time in a job that makes you feel exhilarated. Do something that you and your kids can infinitely be proud of. If you are looking for clarity on what this is for you please reach out to me for a free consultation

Live & Lead Exceptionally! 

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