So many people go into a job thinking “it’s just until I find something better,” and then thirty years later, they find themselves in that same position, wondering just where all that time had gone and how they hadn’t noticed it slipping away from them.
Too often, people get stuck in the hamster wheel of habit. They continue to do things that aren’t good for them, or that they don’t even enjoy, because it’s what they’re used to. They wake up every morning at 6 am because they always have. They go to work for the same company they’ve worked for since they graduated, even though they don’t really believe what the company stands for, nor do they enjoy doing what the company asks them to do. They then come home at 6 pm, make dinner, watch a few mindless hours of television and go to bed at 10 pm so they can do it all again the next day. And the next. And the next. (You get my point.)
This is not living. And if you recognize the above as your own habits, I have four words for you: Snap out of it. If you’re unhappy with your job, quit, before it’s too late. And while you’re at it, quit doing the following 5 things:
· Quit quitting. I know I just told you to quit your job, and then to just quit quitting, but other than those two contradiction, stop quitting what you start. You want to run a marathon? Do it. Don’t stop training until you cross that finish line. You want to write a novel? Write it. You’re not going to get anything done if you keep quitting what you start. So quit quitting.
· Quit saying “Tomorrow.” People love to fall back on the whole, “Tomorrow I’ll do it,” excuse, because, well, there’s always a tomorrow. You see how that can become a problem? Eventually, everyone runs out of tomorrows, and when your time comes, you don’t want to look back on your life and realize you never got around to doing what you said you were going to do. Stop saying tomorrow, and do what you want to do TODAY.
· Quit being a victim. So, you do what you have to do because you “don’t have a choice”? Well, let me tell you—you DO have a choice. If you choose to remain in a place that isn’t positive, that’s your doing and no one else’s. If you keep telling yourself and others that you “can’t,” you should really start asking yourself if you even want to fix the problem.
· Quit saying “yes” to everything. Before you say yes to happy hour, or to watching two hours of Netflix or to staying late at the office, think about what you could be doing instead. Instead of happy hour, you could be squeezing an hour in at the gym. Instead of watching TV, you could be cranking out ten pages of your novel. Instead of putting in time at the office, you could be having dinner with your parents. Prioritize, and you’ll notice how much more well rounded your life can be.
· Quit avoiding. Yes, not everything in life is fun and games, but that doesn’t mean we can act like children and avoid the “boring bits.” As adults, we need to be responsible and take care of all aspects that fall under our scope of duty, no matter how boring, hard, physically demanding or tiring a task might be. When you do get through all those tough parts, you’ll appreciate it more when you reach success.
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