It’s interesting that for the vast majority of people, most don’t necessarily like their jobs. Many simply ‘endure’ because they have to right now for financial reasons. The good news is that even if today you don’t like your job, by simply making a few changes in your thought process and in your actions, you can learn to like it, maybe even love it. It IS possible to change the way you think about your job, and turn what maybe now an unpleasant experience into something that you actually look forward to.
Understanding the culture of your work place is important. In order to stay in the spotlight for all the right reasons, you want to make sure that you know how to operate within the culture there. What might have worked when you worked for a previous employer, may not work at your current one. Learning quickly how people work, where you are right now, will empower you so that you can navigate thru the system there.
In today’s post, I share some ideas that you might not have thought about before, to help you discover the joy in your job, and hopefully you will feel better about your current work situation, making it so that you don’t dread Monday mornings anymore.
1. Pick something about your job that bothers you, and try to look at how you could change it. For example if you hate the traffic going to and from work, you might want to consider moving closer to your job so that you won’t have that issue to deal with. Or it may be a policy or procedure at work that you don’t think is helpful. Could you offer a suggestion that would make it better? Your suggestion may not be used, but by simply offering something helpful you have taken control of the situation and have for the moment placed yourself in the driver’s seat which makes you part of the solution, and not the problem.
2. Find a way to understand what your company needs, and then match that with your own skills, talents and abilities. There’s an old saying that I love and that’s this…”No man gets rich without enriching others.” As it is with any relationship, meeting needs is a two way street. When you seek to meet the needs of others, your needs will in turn be met also.
3. Remind yourself of how fortunate you are that you have a job right now. In today’s economy, with so many people out of work, consider yourself blessed that you have this job as at least one stream of income.
4. Find someone at work who actually enjoys working there. Trust me, every job has that one person who just loves to come to work everyday. Connect with that person, go to lunch with them. Learn what they love about what they do there. Iron sharpens iron, and the people you hang out with, especially at work, make a big difference in how you view your job.
5. Take great care of yourself. Reward yourself regularly. Make sure that your relationships outside of work are meaningful, loving, and enriching. Rewarding yourself means appreciating the fact that there is so much more to who you are than what you day for 8 hours a day. Give yourself something to look forward to at the end of the day, and the end of the week. Have something to savor, even if it’s just curling up on the sofa with a hot bowl of your favorite soup on a cold day with a great book. Do something that pours back into you even more so than you pour out during the week at work.
Remember this, you become what you think about, so if you are constantly thinking about how much you hate your job then that is the reality that you will manifest.
Try this experiment for the next 30 days (and beyond) and see how different things look in terms of the work you do…
* Focus on those aspects of your job that you are grateful for (for example; your paycheck, your environment, certain people you work with that you like, the fact that you have a job, etc.)
* Stop focusing on those things that you don’t like about your job because the more you focus on those things, the more power you give them.
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