How to survive a job you want to quit

5 messages that kept me motivated over 5 years at a job I wanted to leave

In December 2019, after 5 years of planning, I left a career in government to pursue my calling to help more people in this world wake up to who they really are and make the difference they were born to make.

When you play the long-game, motivation can seem scarce; so, to remind me of my mission, I posted the following on the wall of my workstation:  

1. Thank You Angel Investor poster

A steady paycheque has funded my life coaching certification, two business development programs, my website and more. In return, I showed up and did the work it asked of me. For this, I am grateful.

2.  Sticky note with the words “build community” on it

Building community was and continues to be my priority. This reminded me of the need to take steps in that direction every day.  

3.  The Serenity Prayer

At times, my job required that I produce videos and other communications products for people with different political ideologies than I. This timeless prayer reminded me to pick my battles.

4. My mission statement at work

Although not in my job description, my position afforded me opportunities to do some of the things I loved such as writing about personal development, mentoring people and giving motivational talks and workshops. This mission statement and personal definition of success kept me focused on what really mattered during my 9-5 and beyond. .  

5. Sticky note with my end date.

When all else failed, knowing that the end is in sight was a powerful motivator.

In a world filled with so many distractions and competing ideas, it’s easy to get sidetracked.

What can you do this week to stay focused on your dream?

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