“I can’t stand that place.  They don’t care about their employees at all”

“I was promised a bonus but every time I ask, they say it’s still coming”

“There has to be a better job than this, but I can’t quit until I have something else”

I hear this form of conversation quite regularly from both teenagers and adults.  There are ways though, to make the best of what you are doing, while you look for a new and better opportunity.

I recently had a conversation with my son about this very topic and what I shared with him, that I learned many years ago, is that even if you don’t like what you are currently doing, you look for the good, you put your all into it, and you keep your options open.

I also had the conversation that many people would never have, and that is on the topic of money…and how work isn’t all about the money.

If your new opportunity has a chance for you to grow your skillsets, good people you enjoy working with, management that cares about their employees, good benefits, better hours, more work/life balance, etc. you should weigh in all the factors. 

You may be making a lower hourly rate but do the other factors make up for it?  Will you actually end up earning more because you have more hours than you did previously?

Is it worth it to increase your happiness and lower your anxiety? 

Make the decision based on all the factors, not just the money.

Even while you are looking for something new and are still at your current job, your attitude is everything.  Stay positive, look at building your skillsets and be proud of the work you are putting in. It will keep your energy in a higher vibration so you will attract opportunities that are exciting, rather than attracting opportunities that would not be any better.

Remember that the energy you are putting out in the world is what is coming back to you.  If you have low energy, try one of these tips on how to raise it:

Gratitude Journal – each morning or evening (or both) write 5 things you are grateful for.  They can’t be generic though.  They have to be specific.

Breath – This is something you can do anywhere, anytime, and no one will know.  When you are taking the time to breath deeply it is calming your nervous system and clearing your mind.  You will feel anxiety start to leave you and you will be in a clearer frame of mind to think of solutions.  One that I really like to do is the 5-5-7 breath. Breath in to the count of 5, hold for the count of 5 and exhale for the count of 7.

Exercise – This doesn’t have to be an hour on the treadmill, but it can be if that is what helps you.  It could be 10 minutes of stretching, 20 minutes of yoga, going for a walk, dancing around your living room.  Whatever gets you moving will also move the energy through you and help you to feel better.

You have options and there are so many opportunities in the world.  Don’t give up or get frustrated, just keep putting out in the world what you want to have back in return.  Share what you are looking for with others and don’t be afraid to try something new. 

Change can be scary but it is also exciting.  Be excited and keep moving forward toward your goals.