It’s okay to do something you don’t like today, because sometime in the future you’ll be happy. -That’s what a lot of us keep telling ourselves. Here’s what to do about it.
Have you ever told yourself something like the following:
If I just make it through this…
…I will make associate professor, and then I will be happy.
…I will get promoted, and make enough money to buy that Lexus, and then I will be happy.
…I will be recognized as a valuable professional, and then I will be happy.
Whatever that story is that you are telling yourself, chances are it is fictional. Or perhaps better stated as wishful thinking.
Here’s a link to an article I wrote for a the career website Noomii on what to do when you find yourself in that situation.