We spoke last week on the importance of making your work into a calling. Today we talk about how to overcome the downsides of work, so that you can focus on that calling.
An excerpt from Mr Patrick Liew’s blog(http://liewinspiration.wordpress.com), on how to be more satisfied with your work, and how to take it to the next level.
‘There are moments in my working life when I feel down. I face a stronger ‘push’ to leave the company and the pull factor is also tempting because as always, the ‘grass looks greener on the other side of the fence.’
In such times, I always remind myself there are no perfect companies. Even the best company can turn bad. In addition, as they say, even if I can find the perfect company, it won’t be perfect anymore – because of me.
I’m mindful of the fact that, only I can decide to be satisfied with my job. Only, I can make it happen.
To do that I need to work on my, attitude, mindset and workstyle.
There are three key areas that I can focus on.
a. Look At The Doughnut, And Not The Hole
I learned to look out for the positives around me. To accentuate the positives and eliminate the unnecessary negatives. When I do that, I will always find things to be happy about and to have a greater sense of satisfaction. I also hold on to the belief that with the help of the positive energy, I can change the company, my bosses, and the work environment.
I take my job as a learning challenge. It is also a calling for me to turn the company into a force for good.
b. Take Control Of The Situation – And Not Let The Situation Take Control Of Me
Even if I do not have the authority, responsibility or resources, I believe I can make things happen. Through informal communications, I can improve relationships and build teamwork. I can also work with my colleagues to turn our workplace into a better place. I can improve my capacity and capability so as to make better changes to my company. It is always a joy when I can slowly and gradually influence the working environment.
c. Develop Win-Win Relationships – And Not Win-Lose/ Lose-Lose Relationships
I do not have to subscribe to and accept lose-lose or win-lose relationships in the company. I can work towards building win-win culture and relationships.
To me, it is my calling to effect positive changes and make lasting impact in the office. This sense of mission inspires me and motivates me to make something good out of my life and the company. I have within my hands the power of choice. When I exercise it, I can turn the dream of having a healthy working life into a reality.’
In order to lead well, you need to have a positive outlook on the work you do. When you accept your work as a calling and you are guided by your mission, you tend to pass on that energy to the people around you. It is then important to remember to bring them along for the ride and to help them grow and profit(win-win situation). Use the resources you have well, guide and work with them to bring you forward.