Your job is, well, work. The reason they pay you to do it is because you wouldn’t do it for free.
But that’s not a very inspiring reason, is it? And this should not be your attitude towards work.
Right now, a lot of people are feeling trapped in their job and career because they’re worried about being able to find their next job. They’ve been hunkering down, hoping to hang on until the economy improves. Or they’ve actually lost their job and have gone through the struggles of finding suitable employment.
Not very inspiring.
For your own sanity, it’s important to have a reason to spend 40+ hours a week working to make money. If you truly do hate everything about your time at work, you’re going to be absolutely miserable – not only at work, but in all aspects of your life. Then what’s the point?
So let’s get creative here. Even if I’m feeling trapped right now, I might still like my work because:
- It’s still working to build the career that I’ve been working on so long.
- I have occasion to learn some new things.
- We’re delivering stuff for customers, who are ultimately seeing so much value that they’re giving us money so I can have a job.
- I’m getting along OK with my boss and most of my co-workers.
- There’s parts of the job that I actually do enjoy.
- I like most of the people I interact with.
- I’m building the groundwork for much cooler contributions in the future.
Perhaps I can build a better attitude because of things outside work:
- My family really appreciates what I’m able to bring as a result of my job.
- This gives me the money I need to have the freedom to do fun stuff.
- It also gives me freedom to volunteer and contribute to larger society without having to be paid for it.
- I’m building the base for our wonderful retirement.
Whatever the reasons are to build enthusiasm for your work, find some images which can help remind you why you’re doing it. Perhaps it’s that picture of your spouse and kids sitting on your desk. Maybe it’s a token from that great vacation you had a few years ago. Or a written “vision” that describes where you’re working to be in a few years.
Create the reminders, and be sure to look at them every day. Remind yourself that YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB: You’re a uniquely valuable person, and this job is helping you to bring a special contribution to the world.
When you can believe that, then you’ll find you can enjoy your work more, even when it’s not always much fun.
by Carl Dierschow