Nobody likes Mondays, but for some people, the thought of going back to work after the weekend fills them with dread. These people aren’t able to find joy and meaning in their work, so everyday is a chore. If you are in this situation, know that you don’t have to be. You too can find work that is interesting, challenging, and fulfilling. It may mean a change of career, or it could just be a change of mindset.

How can you find meaning in your work?

Look Inside

Spend some time thinking about what is important to you, and what brings you joy. It may be that the work you are already doing is meaningful, but you need a new approach or a change in mindset. It is also possible that it is not what you are doing, but where. Toxic workplace cultures can make even the best job feel like a chore. You may be able to find meaning in your work by simply finding a better work environment.

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Change can be uncomfortable. Even if you decide to stay with your current employer, you may need to make changes to the way you work. Talk with your boss about what is causing you to feel stressed or unhappy, and present reasonable solutions. Be flexible, honest and sincere. Changing jobs may be unavoidable, and it’s possible that the job that brings you joy doesn’t pay as well as the job you hate. You may have to make some compromises to find work that pays your bills and feeds your soul.

Find Your True Friends

The changes you need to make can be extra uncomfortable if you don’t have the support of friends and family. Make sure that the people around you are invested in your happiness and success. The people you surround yourself with can help or hurt you.

Learn to recognize negativity and toxicity and take the necessary steps to get those influences out of your life. Don’t let negative vibes stop you from achieving your goals.

Set Progressive, Achievable Goals

The best way to reach your goals is to figure out what they are. Set clear, measurable, achievable goals that let you celebrate small victories on your way to big achievements. Reward yourself for the progress you make and stay flexible. Sometimes the path needs to change a little and that is okay. Make it work for you.

Some people create dream boards or lists so they can track their progress along the way. No matter how you do it, checking off small goals can help motivate you to keep going.

Stay Engaged

Remember always to give back. Staying engaged in your community will help you forge a powerful personal and professional network. Use your passion to help others achieve their dreams and reap your rewards.

You can also find great meaning in mentoring others. Nothing can compare to the pride you will feel when you can help others find their passion. These relationships will create a support system that you can draw from in the future. 

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