|Fulfillment@Work: BRING NEW VIGOR TO YOUR JOB
October 4, 1999
Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Question of the Day
2. Bring New Vigor to Your Job
3. Quotes of the Week
Question of the Day
When you lose excitement for your work, how can you bring new vigor to your relationship with your job? By building on what you do enjoy and lessening what you don't, you'll create the winning strategy to gain back the excitement for your work.
Bring New Vigor to Your Job
When you begin to lose joy in your work and find the day-to-day grind not fun anymore, you might have a tendency to want to quit at that moment. This isn't the most practical solution. We may have to stick it out for a few more months or even for a year or two because of our personal obligations such as financial security, mortgages, debt and children.
It's frustrating to have to stay at a job that doesn't bring you enjoyment. When you lose excitement for your work, how can you bring new vigor to your relationship with your job? Here are some suggestions to help you:
- What are the top 5 things you like most about your work? It might seem hard at first to start this list, but you'll be surprised what you come up with once you begin. By making this list, you will have found things about your work that make you feel good. For example, do you enjoy: working with and developing your staff, solving the problems of your employees, giving presentations, brain-storming sessions, teaching others how to do a skill or completing projects?
- Which one of your coworkers could you cultivate a deeper friendship with? After you name at least one person, spend time making this relationship more meaningful. This will cause you to have better feelings for your work because of the support and friendship.
- Who at your office enjoys his/her job and how can I learn from him/her? Name at least one person you know who could be a model of someone who has a good relationship with his/her work. By observing him/her, you can learn to enjoy a job, even when it seems difficult or stressful.
- What are the 5 things that cause you the most stress at work? After reviewing this list, circle the 3 things you actually have control over and could improve. If you don't have anything that you can change, make a new list with 3 things you can change. This exercise is about improving at least some of the conditions and perhaps making the overall experience more pleasant. By focusing on things you have control over, you'll be able to increase your fulfillment at work.
- What steps could I take this month that would help create the future I truly want?
In my coaching practice, eighty percent of my clients are currently working while they are trying to define, land and live their dream job. This process can be done efficiently and effectively while working. I notice how my clients gain passionate energy as they begin the process and this supports their current work because they know they won't always be at this job. They begin to feel at choice in their lives. They now realize they can leave this job and they don't have to stay where they don't want to.
The important thing is to improve your situation and do it as soon as possible, because to not enjoy your work - something you do forty, fifty, sixty plus hours per week - takes a toll on your personal life. The goal is to improve your current situation at work because as your relationship to your job improves, so will your attitude. Improve that which you have control over at your work.
It's not about doing your job the same old way, but about improving the small details that will make a big difference in your relationship to your work. This will help you be ready for a career transition when the time arrives.
One other thing, don't work too hard when you don't enjoy it. I know we have deadlines and don't directly have control over the hours we work, but it's important to create balance in your life. Spend time on activities outside of work that give you great joy. Creating and having fun outside of work is something I want for each and every one of you. By building on what you do enjoy and lessening what you don't, you'll create the winning strategy to gain back the excitement for your work.
Next week, everyone will learn eight ways to Bring New Vigor to Your Job.
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