nav-left cat-right

7 Signs You Should Quit Your Job

We have all decided at one time or another to quit our jobs. It might be for various reasons such as not getting along with the boss, the stress that the job is putting on you or the simple fact that you are being underpay. Working at a job you can’t stand is a waste of your time and life. We spend countless hours each year working. If the work is no longer making us happy, it is our responsibility to decide if it is time to move on to something else. Before you do anything drastic such as quitting your job, you should start job hunting or have another opportunity waiting in the wings. It is not wise to leave your current job without having a solid plan of what you are going to do next. Below are the 7 signs that will tell you that you need to quit your job.

1. The work stress is affecting other areas of your life.

It is okay to sometimes be stressed because of work. What is not okay is when it starts to affect your physical and mental well-being. If you are having trouble sleeping, unhappy, anxious, always think about work even when you are not in the office, or come home very tired, these are some of the alarm bells that you need to pay attention to. You need to determine if this stress is a temporary situation or something more chronic. If it is happening everyday and you feel it is not improving, this can be a wake-up call that you need to decide if it is better to quit your job.

2. You dread going to work.

Do you feel terrible on Sunday nights because you know you have to go to work the next day? Do you feel like not waking up or getting out of bed to go to work? Do you daydream of other places or other things you can be doing besides going to the office? Do you start counting the minutes until it is time to go home? Do you pray for the weekends to come sooner? Do you feel an enormous sense of relief when the day ends? These are red flags that the job might not be right for you.  

3. Your company is in trouble.

When you start to see layoffs and other signs of financial troubles at your company, it can be a good reason to bail. Sometimes sticking it out to the bitter end is not the wisest decision especially if you can relate to the other signs on this article. A few years ago I worked at a mortgage company. When I started to hear about the problems the company were going through, I decided to find another job. A few months later, I heard the whole department that I had worked was let go.

4. You are not being fairly compensated.

If you feel you are not getting paid comparable to your peers or industry average, this can a good sign that it is time to polish up the old resume. The constant worry about money is not good for your health and livelihood. You need to decide if it is worth working at a company that is causing you so much financial difficulties.

5. Not getting along with the boss and/or co-workers.

If your relationship with your boss and/or co-workers are not as good as it should be, it might be time to look for another job. If you are not getting along with people at work, it will affect your job performance as well as your personal life. You might have a boss from hell that is driving you crazy and making your life miserable. Perhaps you can mend these relationships. If you think it will be nearly impossible to fix it, then you can start looking elsewhere.

6. Your job is not challenging or exciting.

If you are bored, not fulfilled, not learning anything new, constantly surfing on the Internet, watching the clock, engaging in hours of meaningless activities or just not satisfied with your work, these are red flags to pay attention. Life is too short to not be excited about your work. If you want to be successful in your career you need to find a job that gives you a sense of fulfillment, challenge, purpose and excitement.

7. Your values are different than the company’s.

If you do not agree with any aspect of the company such as the products/services, future direction, current business practices, culture, ethics, and core values, it is time look elsewhere. For example, if one of your core values is spending more time with your kids, but you are expected to work 80 hours a week at the office.

Achieve Greater Happiness and Success With These 7 Choices

Have you heard that happiness and success are choices? Although no one can control everything that happens around them, we each have the ability to choose happiness and define our own success. If you’re finding that life is difficult and filled with discontent, these choice changes could be exactly what you need to lead you down a different path.

It begins with a change of your expectations. Instead of constantly pushing for more, revel in the moment of now to enjoy the fruits of your hard labor. There’s always something on the horizon to work toward, but when you’re looking forward all the time, you’re missing the view around you.

Nothing Will Make You Happy

1) Earning a million dollars per year won’t make you happy because money doesn’t purchase happiness. Your choice to become happy and successful comes from your choice to be content. You’ve got to alter your perspective to realize that happiness comes from within, not from without.

Never Assume

2) Assuming that happiness will come your way is like expecting dinner to unwrap itself from your refrigerator, turn on the oven, and then cook itself without any effort on your part. It just isn’t going to happen. You’re not too valuable. You can be let go. The moment you start assuming your worth, you’re headed down a pathway that will only lead one place: unhappiness.

Take Time For Yourself

3) A life well lived is a life that serves others, but you must also love your neighbor as you love yourself. Take time for yourself every day to do something that relaxes you. Even if you just meditate for 5 minutes during a break, that’s time that becomes “you” time. Exercise, a journal, painting, composing… these are all ways you can show yourself a little love.

Eliminate Shortcuts

4) There’s no way to find happiness by eliminating some of the work that comes from a decision to be happy. There is no shortcut. You must decide that you will be happy and you must focus on the items around you that create joy. Otherwise you’ll allow the misery around you to be your company instead.

Take a Risk

5) You can grow by taking a conservative route, but you can find success by being willing to take a risk. Failure is only a bad thing if no learning comes from the process. There is a measure of happiness in taking the safe route, but the view from above after a long climb brings an intense joy as well.

Create Realistic Goals

6) Meeting a goal brings about a feeling of accomplishment and success, while failing at goals creates discouragement and the desire to just quit. Set realistic goals that you can achieve that are challenging, but not so far out of reach that you’ll need a miracle to reach them.

Vow To Take Action

7) If you don’t make a choice, then the world will go on without you and you’ll be left behind. Make a vow right now, at this moment, to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way so that you can always be walking forward, content in the surroundings around you.

Could More Sleep Help You Achieve More?

How many times have you either heard someone say or have said yourself that there just isn’t enough time in the day? Our modern society puts a lot of emphasis on working hard and playing hard, but this is all done at the sacrifice of real rest. If you were able to get a full night of rest, how much more could you actually accomplish?

How Much Sleep Do You Actually Get?

The average person needs to get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night. The actual amount varies from person-to-person. Some might need a little more while others may require a little less. Yet in the United States, the average amount of sleep that people report getting doesn’t reach this threshold. According to some research, we only get about 80% of the sleep that we think we’re getting. That means if someone thinks they’re getting 6 hours of sleep, it means they’re really just getting 4.8 hours every night – or about half of what they need!

So why aren’t we getting enough sleep? It’s because of a common thinking error: one hour less of sleep, we believe, can translate to one additional hour of productivity. It doesn’t work that way. The longer we work, the less effective we are.

What Could Extra Sleep Do For You?

Besides keeping you focused more every day, there are three essential benefits that you receive from getting the right amount of sleep every night.

  1. You remember more. Have you been in a conversation with someone and then completely forgotten what they were telling you? Are you forgetting deadlines? The more you sleep, the more your memory improves.
  2. You become revitalized. Your body needs time to heal. Stress is as harmful to the body as a scrape to the knee that gets infected. Fatigue, high blood pressure, weight gain, and nerve disorders are just the start of what a chronic lack of sleep can provide. It’s the same with the mind: less sleep means less focus, which means fewer barriers to anxiety.
  3. You become emotionally stable. Have you ever watched how a toddler slowly descends toward a grumpy, defiant ball of rebellion toward the end of the day, especially when they don’t get a nap? The same is true for adults! With less sleep, you have less emotional control and may end up saying… or doing something you’ll regret later on.

Sleep isn’t something that is a privilege or a benefit or an indulgence. It is a required part of the daily routine that must be followed in order for everyone to be at their very best. Sleep helps to lower the chemicals that cause stress, improves the immune system, and can even stabilize the body’s metabolism.

If you’re having some chronic sleep deficits, then you’re not experiencing life to its fullest. Even if you have to schedule sleeping time into your calendar, then do it. Get the 7-9 hours you need so that you can be at your very best every day and fully productive.

Why Being Humble Is Your Most Important Trait

Leadership is a tricky skill to navigate. You’ve got to be forceful enough to take charge of a situation and dictate responsibilities, yet display enough humility that you encourage everyone to work together as a team. In order to accomplish this task so that everyone feels like they are unique and welcome, being humble will be your most important attribute. Humbleness puts the team before your own needs and allows for strengths to be recognized on a consistent basis.

Can You Take Being Humble Too Far?

One of the interesting aspects of a team environment is that people want to feel like they have an individualized input, but are still part of a “hive mind” when it comes to certain decisions. Being too humble and allowing too much uniqueness can actually reduce productivity more than being a dictator would.

It really begins by your ability to share your successes and your failures. By demonstrating your own personal growth, you’re actually encouraging others to follow a similar journey. Failure is the great human equalizer, which means everyone can relate to it in some way. This gives you the opportunity to connect with your team in a personal way that will encourage relationships to be built.

It’s About the Dialogue, Not the Debate

The elements of a team that makes them different is what will make that team stronger. You don’t have to win every argument to be an effective leader. You don’t even need to engage with people to convince them of the validity of your point. If you include all points of view and then make the best decision possible from those viewpoints, you’ll show your team that you’re willing to focus on their agenda instead of your own and that’s an effective way of being humble.

The ultimate goal of this journey is to encourage others to become leaders instead of being willing to just follow your own dynamic leadership. Sometimes that means you’ve got to reverse the roles in place and put others in charge. Placing yourself beneath someone else on the team automatically puts you into a humble position and it is reinforced if you follow the lead of the person you put in charge.

These changes can bring about a lot of uncertainty, however, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you are able to embrace uncertainty and turn it into a teaching moment, what you’re able to do is create a place where others are encouraged to step up to the plate and offer valuable solutions that they might normally hold back. It creates an environment of independence, but fueled by an underlying interdependence that brings everyone together.

Being humble doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to make the hard decisions when they come along. It just means that you’re giving your entire team the opportunity to learn from the experience in their own unique way instead of dictating the experience to them. That’s why it is one of the most important traits in all of today’s best leaders.

Page 1 of 11