Your daily work occupies a major position in their life. It is your personal and unique offering to yourself, to your world and to God, your Creator. Therefore, it matters what you do, how you do it and who you become in the process of doing it.
Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to fulfill their true work potentials because they are currently dissatisfied with their careers for various reasons. As it happens, constant dissatisfaction is not a positive thing; it can have far-reaching negative effects on a person’s health, their self-esteem and confidence, and even their relationships.
This is why the reasonable answer to career dissatisfaction is to deal with it. Let us look at a simple 2-step formula to handle career dissatisfaction.
Step One: Identify the real cause of dissatisfaction.
When a person is facing career dissatisfaction, it is advisable to determine where the real problem lies. If you do not zero in on the real and true cause of the dissatisfaction that you feel, you may end up taking unrealistic steps to deal with it.
Very importantly, you need to differentiate between the intrinsic nature of your career and the external incidents of your career. The intrinsic nature of your career involves the very core of the work you do on a daily (or regular basis).
The external incidents, on the other hand, are the other things that you have to pass through to get the work done like: the location or ergonomics of your working space, unreasonable business policies, irrational associates, colleagues or superiors, or the long commute to your place of business.
Admittedly, all these could bring you a huge amount of stress and dissatisfaction, but they don’t necessarily have to do with the nature of the work itself.
You need discover the real source of the problem. For instance, if you were to do the same work under different conditions would you be satisfied?
Step Two: Take the required action.
When you realise the source of the dissatisfaction, it’s easier for you to take the required steps to change the situation. The change you seek may or may not happen immediately, but working towards a solution will have a positive effect on you. You won’t feel like you are in a situation which you cannot understand or control.
The required step will depend on the source of the dissatisfaction that you have identified in Step One. You may need to discover which career will be more suitable for you (if the dissatisfaction has to do with the nature of the work), or you may need to get more skills, look for an easier way to commute or find a specific way of dealing with your colleagues/boss.
When you understand the situation better and know what to do, you will be on your way to getting unstuck and dealing with career dissatisfaction. And if you keep moving in the right direction, eventually, you’ll be standing where you need to be.
All the best!
**I discuss more specific and practical steps on how to deal with career dissatisfaction in my upcoming book Create Your Ideal Career. If you would like to get this book or you would like more information, please visit www.TinukemiOlaoye.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.