For far too many people, going to work is a painful experience. In fact, getting up on Monday morning to start our week is a traumatic experience. While taking a shower, we are hoping the week flies by so that Friday can get here. We dread the drive to the office knowing that work is waiting for us.
For some people, though, work is an exhilarating experience. They cannot wait until the sun rises again. The problems are viewed as opportunities, and finding a solution for them is a motivator.
Here are three ways you can be happy at your work:
#1: Find the career that you selected, and not one where you settled.
Instead of backing into a job, itís better to work in a career that you chose. I have a friend who works for the city doing mundane work. She is near completing her MBA, but she is still stuck in a dead end job. I asked her why she isnít posting for work that meets her new qualifications, and she respond by saying, ďIt takes time. Iíll start here soon.Ē This is the same excuse sheís used for years.
#2: Make the best of your current situation.
Each of us has had a job where that we didnít like. The people were rude, the pay below what we deserved, and the culture less than professional. Even when the situation is stacked against us, we must look on the bright side.
First Ö stop complaining. Itís obvious that blaming others for our situation is a non-starter. We canít expect to make things better by pointing fingers. While hard to admit, our actions (or lack of them) is the reason we are in a rut. We must take a positive approach to our work, and exceed expectations. I understand this is tough to do, but essential if we are to get back on track.
#3: Ask for challenging work.
In most organizations, people settle for the status quo. We do enough to stay out of trouble. We feel that no one will appreciate our interest in taking on more responsibilities, so itís best to stay under the radar.
The top-notch performers, however, seek challenging and meaningful work. This means they will work longer hours, and will be under pressure to deliver. In most cases, the work is outside their comfort zones, which means they need to expand their knowledge and skills. By embracing these opportunities, these men and women soon begin a steady climb upward. Most important, they have more control over their careers.
Being happy at work doesnít mean that we must be in the perfect position. It does mean, however, that we are moving in the right direction. Getting out in front requires some risk taking, but the payoff is positive. Even if we fall short, we will gain the respect of the leadership team for giving it a try. Remember that those who are at the top of the organization took similar actions.
The important point here is that happiness is a state of mind. By engaging in positive action, we will soon find the work that both challenges and satisfies us.
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Dr. Jimmie Flores,PhD,PMP,ITIL,SSBB,SPHR,GPHR is a seasoned organizational development and continuous improvement professional with 20 years of experience. In 2006, he founded the Flores Consulting Group, a company based in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Flores is also an expert in project management, ITIL, Six Sigma, Entrepreneurship, and Sports Officiating. Please visit our website at www.jmbok.com
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