A mentor of mine, Hal Elrod, has a motto “Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams.” I think we can all agree that is a great motto to live by. With 2012 being an election year and so much talk of our nations unemployment rate and the need for job creation, it made me think about my situation as well as those of many of my peers.

The Problem

Most people see getting a job in this economy as difficult and when they finally get a job it’s not the job they want. In result, they whine and complain about how they don’t like their job and give a half-ass effort at that job. My question is: Who determines whether they like their job or not? They do.

When you don’t like your job, what will your attitude be waking up for work? What will your attitude be at work? What will your attitude be going to sleep thinking about the next day? Let me explain a simple model…

Your Thoughts/Mindset/Attitude determine your Actions which determine your Results.

In this case, if you have a negative attitude about work, the actions that follow will include: going to bed late and waking up later, minimal effort towards tasks, lack of team work and self-isolation, all of which will cause poor results and a poor level of satisfaction from work.

The Solution

If you determine whether you like your job or not, then it is a simple matter of choice. Choose to “Love the job you have while you create the job of your dreams.”

There is a saying that most of you are probably familiar with. The saying is “The grass is always greener on the other side.” A lot of people will respond to that and say “water your own damn lawn.” I say, “water your own damn lawn but when you’re done make sure you plant a flower in your dream garden.”

Don’t be mistaken. The answer isn’t to settle. The answer is to make the most out of what you have AND create your next opportunity that will lead you closer to your dream job. There is so much to miss if you aren’t embracing the position you are in; so many habits, so many lessons, and so many connections.

When you “lead without a title” as Robin Sharma preaches you find satisfaction in your job and create opportunities that get you closer to exactly what you want. If you aren’t looking you wont find. Start looking for opportunities to hone your skills and create a following. It may be difficult to find a job, but every company has a need for leaders.

Don’t WAIT for the dream job, CREATE the dream job.

Written by: Ray Reed

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