“Just a Paycheck”
If the reason that you’re working at the job that you have is for “just a paycheck,” you’re wasting your time and maybe your life. I’m not talking about people who are working at a job to fund the things that they like to do, or their family, or the things that are important to them. I’m talking about the people who really see that they are just working for the money. I’ve been told this by lots of people. It’s all I can do not to get on my high horse when someone says it to me. If you’re only working ‘for the paycheck’ that radiates from you. You have no energy. You have no enthusiasm for the tasks of the job, or even for your co-workers. You aren’t looking for a better way to do things; you’re just doing the bare minimum of what it takes. It is highly likely that you’ll be among the first to go in a layoff, just because it is easy to put someone on a list who clearly isn’t having fun and who isn’t doing anything extra.
NO, you say. It doesn’t show. You’re doing the job; you’re just not enjoying it. Ask yourself if that is true. Look around. Are you seeking to do better? Are you taking on more without it being foisted on you? Probably not. And you probably aren’t taking on more because you don’t have the energy for it. When you frame your experience in such a negative way, you don’t have energy. You resent being there. It’s all you can do to get to the end of the day, and it’s really hard to get there in the morning.
I’m not saying that your job is fun. It probably isn’t. Your boss may be terrible. Your co-workers may not be worthy of your time. So what? Find something that is worth being there for. It could be as simple as reframing your experience to being about what your paycheck lets you do outside of the job. It could be what you’re learning from this experience. Or how it fits into your career path goals. Or that you are LUCKY to have a job in these tough times. REFRAME the way you think about it.
If you are able to reframe, it is likely that you will suddenly find that you have more energy. You may have enough energy to look around the organization for a better job, or a better boss. You may have the energy to figure out what you really want to do long term. You may have enough energy to figure out how to get another stream of revenue that will enable you to find another job/career/hobby that will make you happy(ier).
Get A New Job!
If you can’t reframe, GO FIND ANOTHER JOB—before someone forces you to. I work with so many people who would be glad to have their old job back—somehow they can see a lot of value/interest/fun in it now that someone has decided they are out. Find a job that you can do for other reasons than a paycheck. Find a job that you can/will be good at and that will help you feel better about yourself.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT to work for ‘just a paycheck!’