I Hate Going To Work

Picture this: each morning, your alarm clock goes, you wake up, stagger to the bathroom, look at yourself in the mirror and mumble to yourself, “I hate going to work.”

man in mirroe with alarm clock“I hate going to work.”

Sound familiar? Could this be you?

You are reading this because you did a Google search looking for answers to “I hate going to work.”

You are just one of the 53% of the American workforce that truly hates their job (what an ugly statistic).

If it makes you feel any better, you’re not alone. 

Like you, they all feel entombed in cubicles, trapped in retail, chained to warehouses, and drained by office politics and a bunch of other valid reasons. 

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You know who you are and what you are going through. You hate your job.

The question is, “What can you do about it?”

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Why do you hate your job?

Here is the harsh truth: if you don’t control it, it will control you, but you know this, right?

Living with this issue of allowing the hatred for your job pump through your veins will eventually result in physical and mental health issues. 

You need to fix this before it eats you up completely.

man in a cageYou’re not locked in a cage. You have the key.

You are locked in a cage - only if you believe you are

You’re not. You have the key.

You are going to do something about it.

Think about what life would be if you found your purpose. 

Think about what life would look like if you did not dread Monday mornings.

Think about what it would be if you were excited about going to work every day. 

How would you feel if every morning when the alarm went off, you jumped out of bed, looked at yourself in the bathroom mirror and instead of mumbling, “I hate going to work.” you shout, “I love going to work, I love my job.”?

man jumping out of bed with a huge smile on his faceImagine if you loved going to work and you loved your job.”

Pipe dream? I think not.

There is hope. 

Trust me. 

I speak from experience. 

I have helped hundreds of people in similar situations as you.

How to Fix the Issue

First, and probably obviously, you need to own it. You need to accept your frustration. 

Why is this so important? Because you can’t ever hope to change what you won’t acknowledge. 

Acknowledgment is the first step towards a happier work life. 

Understand, hating your job isn’t a badge of honor; it’s a big, fat, loud alarm bell.

ringing an alarm bellHating your job isn’t a badge of honor; it’s a big, fat, loud alarm bell.

Next, I want you to peel back the layers of your job dissatisfaction. 

List the things you hate.

Is it the mundaneness of the tasks? 

Are you pissed off with management?

Is it the workplace culture?

The commute?

The work colleagues? 

It could be all the above and some. 

Whatever it is, I want you to get yourself a pen and notebook, find a quiet place, and write it all down. 

Do not type it into a Word document.

sitting in a park writing in a notebookFind a quiet place, and write it out.

You have to write it out longhand. 

There is power in what I am telling you to do. The power is you. You are in control. Don’t worry if you don’t understand it yet, you will.

When you have written it all down, put the notebook in a safe place. What you have written is private and confidential. You need not share this with anyone.

Now I want you to go for a walk if you can. Think about what you have just written.

man walking in the parkGo for a walk and think about what you have just written.

When you get back, go get the notebook and read what you wrote.

Now re-write it and add or delete where necessary. 

It has been my experience. You will add far more than you will delete.

By the way, there is no right or wrong way to do this. Just let it all flow into the notebook.

What you have done, maybe for the first time in your working life is identified the root cause of the issue. It may be several issues. It doesn’t matter.

writing more in a notebookIn your notebook read what you wrote. Now re-write it and add or delete where necessary.

You have it right in your face. In black and white. In your handwriting.

Think about what you have written because now I want you to rate them. 

Rate what you hate most to what you hate least. 

You now have the key to creating a solution.

Your Ideal Work Life

OK, we know what you hate about your job and going to work.

Next, I want you to imagine your ideal work life. 

What does it look like? 

Does it involve more freedom?

A fatter paycheck?

The gratification of making a difference? 

Whatever it is, just dream, and while you are dreaming I want you to turn to a clean page in your trusty little notebook and write it down.

All sounds weird I know, but I’m telling you it works. 

This exercise will turn negativity into a positive way forward.

Once you identify your ideal job and what your needs are, place them in order of significance, as you did before. Rate them.

Stay or Quit

Now comes the big question: 

Do you stay or or do you quit? 

Either choice demands guts, grit, and the discipline to make a change. 

Do not be frightened. 

Fear is natural - it should be seen to inform you and seek further clarification of your decision-making, not rule over them.

cross roads stay or wuitThe unfamiliarity of not knowing the future is intimidating, but it can also be thrilling.

Changing your job is not as scarey as it seems. 

Unfamiliarity not knowing the future is intimidating, but it can also be thrilling. 

Instead of dreading the rage of ‘I hate going to work’, consider the thrill of a fresh start.

The best weapon against fear is knowledge. Again, in your little notebook do some research. 

Write it all down. 

Do the pros and cons. 

Explore prospective outcomes that align with your real interests and needs. 

Look for opportunities where your skills can be transferred.

Discovering your dream job won’t happen in a day. 

But it will happen. 

Once you have a fresh path in sight, it’s time to prepare. 

Revamp your resume, update your LinkedIn profile, and tap into your network. The more you spread the word, the quicker opportunities come knocking.

Starting a Business

Perhaps it is time to contemplate starting a business. This is a giant leap, but courage, passion, and planning will work wonders. 

two men pondering chartsDraft a sound flexible business plan. Securing finance if the plan forecasts it. Consider outsourcing a talented team around you.

Walk away from the beaten path and carve your destiny. Write your own story.

If you’re veering toward entrepreneurship, make sure you have done your homework.

Know the positives and negatives, the loopholes, and the opportunities. 

Draft a sound flexible business plan. Secure some finance if the plan forecasts it. Outsource a talented team around you.

Get yourself an advisor/mentor, someone who has been there before. If this is for you, be prepared for the ride of your life.

Re-engineer Your Current Job

Then again, you may choose to re-engineer your current job to meet your needs. 

Change is not always about jumping ship; it can also be about a change of direction.

man in interviewHave all your issues referenced in your notebook. You have a plan. You are more than likely better prepared than management.

Express your concerns to management. 

Make sure they understand the gravity of your dissatisfaction. 

Discuss improving your position.

Communication is a two-way street–as much as you expect the management to listen, you also need to listen to them. 

Always attend any meeting well-prepared. 

Do your homework. 

Know the issues backwards. 

Be prepared to compromise at a price. 

Be on the front foot. 

After all, what have you got to lose? 

If you have all the issues in your notebook clearly referenced, then you have a plan. 

It is more than likely you are more prepared than management. 

Know what skills you have. 

Enhancing your current job satisfaction by learning something new. 

Enrolling in a relevant course or program might breathe new life into your role and open up latent possibilities.

Armed with these tools, know that every step you take is a stride towards a happier work life. 

Don’t Let Negativity Consume You

Each decision, each action, each day brings you closer to the day when you proclaim, 

“I love going to work!”

As I have mentioned above, I have helped hundreds of people just like you

Introducing Jackson

I would like to introduce Jackson.

I was referred to Jackson about 20 years ago. Man, was he a screwed up dude? Hated everything. Me included in the initial stages. Most of all, his job.

Jackson and LisaJackson is married to Lisa the most supportive wife I have ever met.

Jackson was married to Lisa the most supportive wife I have ever met. The thing is the situation wasn’t just tearing Jackson apart it was a having a profound effect on Lisa and the marriage. 

I had an initial hook up and listened about an hour of rants. Man, this guy hated his job, his work, his workmates, his commute, his salary package, benefits. Jackson pretty much hated everything.

The obvious question to ask was, “Why don’t you quit?”. 

To which he replied, “I don’t know how to move forward. I’m scared.” “We need the income.” 

I’m not going to recount the interviews over the preceding months, only to say Jackson quit his job. 

He eventually found his purpose. He started an online business writing University leaver's CVs. Which led to business flyers and Facebook startups and even had an unusual request for writing obituaries that actually went really well.

Was it easy? Absolutely not. It was damn hard work. The thing is it was Jackson's business. 

He had found his mojo. 

He loved starting his workday. He had never worked so hard in his entire life, but he was doing what he loved. 

The money wasn’t great in the early stages. But with the support of Lisa they survived. Today they have sold the startup and moved on to publishing and drafting plans. The money is rolling in. 

You know it sounds a little trite, but it’s never about the money. It’s doing what you love. The money will come. 

When you doing what you love, it is never work.  

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"I Hate Going To Work' is not a life sentence

“I hate going to work.” does not have to be a life sentence. 

Like Jackson, transform despair into determination and find your purpose in life. 

Turn the hate into an opportunity to follow your path that leads to a job you love.

Thinking It Is Not Possible? 

Think again - you and only you are the architect of your happiness, the master of your destiny. 

taking the first stepStep into the unknown and out of your comfort zone.

Everything begins with the first step, the step into the unknown and out of your comfort zone.

Instead of mumbling, “I hate going to work.” challenge yourself and declare, “I will find my purpose in life!”

“I will build a future.”

“I will love what I do.”

You are stronger than you think. 

It’s time you embrace change rather than fear it. 

This is your time.

You decide. 

It’s your move.

chess set on a park benchIT IS YOUR MOVE

Go you good thing.

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