Recent studies show that almost 70% of all American employees dislike or downright hate their jobs. These dissatisfied, disillusioned people have no further career goals. Dreading the workday is a common heartache in millions of homes. Our national job-hating crisis leads to lower productivity, adversely affects our economy, and -- worst of all -- causes strain on millions of personal relationships.
So what's the remedy for this epidemic? What should all Americans know, to regain control over their work-life, and discover newfound fulfillment on-the-job? What can turn that familiar "Apprentice" phrase, made famous by Donald Trump himself, to "You're HIRED (and Happy)?"
The answers are here and clear, according to sought-after motivational speaker, career coach and author of the critically acclaimed book, THE DARK BEFORE THE DAWN: 70 Secrets to Self-discovery, Theresa Castro. Highly-perceptive and responsive to the troubles faced by workers today, Castro offers a proven 5-step process that can change anyone's career for the better. She used it to start loving her own career! Here's a quick summary of the process:
1) Uncover the facts. You should ask yourself, "How did I end up in my current job?" Too often, people end up in a career that they dislike because they heard that it paid well or perhaps their parents encouraged them to pursue a financially "safe" occupation such as law or medicine. In other cases, individuals decided to follow the same profession as their parents.
2) Understand what is keeping you in your current job. You need to think about why you continue to stay in a career that you dislike or hate. Some people say that they have too much debt or a lifestyle to maintain while others say that they just simply rely on their steady paycheck.
3) Unleash the potential. Ask yourself, "If I had one year to live and I could have any job, what would I do?" The answers to this question can be quite amazing and many times, we already know the answer to this question. However, we tend to ignore our hidden passions and dreams because we put limitations on ourselves. We think things like, "I won't get paid as much" or "It will take me forever to begin my own practice."
4) Update your resume and compare your skill set. Dust off your resume and make notes of all of skills and talents that you have acquired over the years. Next, create an inventory of the resources and skills that you must possess in order to perform your dream career. With these two items in hand, compare them and make a final list of what you need to accomplish.
5) Undertake an action plan. Take your list from step 4 and develop an action plan that outlines your desired goals. Breakdown larger goals into smaller goals and give yourself a deadline. Recognize that individuals only need to commit to one hour everyday to working on their plan. This one hour will give you the strength to keep the job that you hate while you work towards attaining a career that you love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Theresa Castro, MBA, is career coach, speaker and author of The Dark Before the Dawn: 70 Secrets to Self-discovery.