Ginger Garfield is a holistic health coach.
Many people spend 8 to 10 out of 24 hours at work on most days. That is more than half of our waking hours. Because career consumes such a substantial amount of time, it makes good sense to do enjoyable work. Sadly, that often is not the case.
Think about your current situation, assessing its pros and cons. If your job satisfaction level is on the low side, you may want to consider making some adjustments. The quickest way to be happier at work is to train yourself to look on the bright side. Make a note of several positive aspects of your career, co-workers, or projects each day. After a short time, you likely will find that the good things become more plentiful and easier to spot. Practice this every day, preferably early in the day. By focusing on the good parts of the job each morning, we create positive momentum for the day.
In the modern business environment, we commonly have several different careers over a lifetime. Sometimes, the job simply does not fit the worker. If you put serious effort into the gratitude practice outlined above and see no improvement, is it time to consider finding another place to work or another job to do?
Try writing up a list of things you like and do not like about your current job or career, others you would like to try, and those you are not interested in doing. These lists will provide clues to your best new direction. Research the market that interests you. Talk to family and friends for support and networking. Although making this kind of change can be downright scary, the feeling of liberation is worth it once you let go of a career that no longer serves you.
By finding a way to love your current job or to find work that you enjoy, you will achieve greater satisfaction in many other areas of life as well. Without so much job-related stress, you are free to be more relaxed at home, enjoy more fulfilling relationships, and experience better overall health. Suffer no more!
By Ginger Garfield, H.C., AADP