It doesn\u2019t really matter what phase of your career you are in. There are any number of reasons you can feel like things aren't quite bad enough to make a change. But\u00a0you\u2019re tired of dreading work. There\u2019s an annoying discomfort setting in.\nWhat should you do? Short of taking a bigger step than you're ready for, here are some approaches that can bring you some relief.\n1.\u00a0 Make sure other areas of your life are fulfilling.\nBuild satisfaction in areas of your life such as family and relationships, social life, physical activity, sports, hobbies, art, spirituality, community, etc. This creates a cushion. If things aren\u2019t going\u00a0great at work, at least that is not your total focus in life. Then you don\u2019t have to overfocus on what\u2019s not going great.\u00a0\n2.\u00a0 No more excuses.\nDo you find yourself saying, "If only he\/she\/they\/the company would only [fill in the blank]\u201d? If so, you should determine what you're going to do if he\/she\/they\/the company doesn't [fill in the blank].\nYou might find yourself thinking, for example, \u201cThey should provide me with more challenging opportunities\u201d or \u201cIf only they would take away the threat of downsizing for a while.\u201d\u00a0\nSuspend your assumptions (and perhaps resentment) for a moment. It could be that the emotional \u201ccontract\u201d you had with your employer has changed over the years.\nYour expectations may be\u00a0legitimate. Perhaps your organization or leaders\u00a0should\u00a0do whatever it is you want them to do.\nUnfortunately that only keeps you in a place of paralysis. You are waiting for someone else to do something different. It's time for you to try something different. Unpack your complaint. What's one thing you can do for yourself?\n3.\u00a0 Employ the Gandhi method.\nAt some point, we all have probably been on the receiving end of this management tactic: We raise an issue only to get the task assigned to us. But then, what's so bad about that?\nIf you're unhappy at work, go ahead and assign yourself the task of making something better, employing what I call the \u201cGandhi method.\u201d\n\nBe the change you want to see in the world.\u00a0 \u2013 Mahatma Gandhi\n\nSay you're unhappy with the current lack of focus on career development. There always seems to be a lack of money for training or time to discuss career development. Your boss never seems to have time to give you straight performance feedback. And, and, and\u2026\nBe the change...\nTake 10 minutes and ask yourself:\n\nIf you were your boss, what would you do about this issue that will make a difference, even a small one? Can YOU do that in some way?\nDo YOU deal with those around you in a developmental fashion? Either way, yes or no,\u00a0can you enhance that?\nIf you are a manager, do those reporting to you feel challenged? Ask them what you could do further to help them have a more developmental experience.\n\nHow do your answers inspire you toward new action? This can have a powerful and positive impact on how you do your job and how you view your organization and your leaders.\u00a0 \u00a0\nNothing\u2019s working. What else? \u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\nIf you find that no amount of tweaking seems to be working, know that this is normal. The culture of the organization may be too heavy to budge. You might have\u00a0outgrown your current situation and are ready for a new challenge.\nAnd, fortunately or unfortunately, you are not alone. Find someone who seems to be doing well. Do not look for someone to commiserate with. Find someone who has been through what you are going through and ask for advice.\u00a0Others have gotten to the other side of this and so can you.