Why is it that when you hear the word “work” your reaction is either “oh crap, I have to work” or “Yay, off to work I go!” ?
Why is there such a disparity?
Is it perhaps that there is a negative stigma attached to the concept of “work”? Before we have even started we feel as though there is a heavy weight that has been placed on our shoulders and we transform, from relatively rational human beings, into depressed zombies. (Yes, a little bit dramatic, but you get my point?)
If it isn’t a negative stigma, is it perhaps how you feel about the work that you do? Do you do what you love?
If you love your work, then you can conceivably escape the above mentioned zombie transformation. But, if you don’t love what you do and rely on external motivators to create that “happy place” in your workplace, then things could get pretty miserable.
So, how can you turn it all around? Perhaps start off with reflecting on the following questions.
1) What was the original reason for taking the job?
2) How are you benefiting from this job?
3) Is this job a stepping stone to a brighter future?
4) What is it about this job that truly motivates you?
5) Does this job align itself to your personal values?
6) Is this job consistent with your beliefs about yourself and your abilities?
7) If a change is required, what one critical step can you take today that will move you forwards in the change process?
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs