Learn to Love Your Job:
7½ Secrets for Living a Life you Love
By Allyson Lewis
You have met one or two of them; they
are in every company. They pass you on the elevator each morning with
a smile on their face. They grab a cup of coffee from the break room
just like you. They sit in an office, just like yours. They share a
title, just like yours. They even receive a paycheck, just like yours
– but something about them is radically different from you…
Actually Love Their Job!
You can see it in the way they walk;
you can see it in their daily activities and you can certainly see it
in their productivity and the quality of their work. Then, you find
yourself asking, “Why do I feel stuck in this place, while they seem
to thrive?” The
difference is they are thriving because they are living a life they
The following thoughts are 7 ½ secrets
for how you can live a life you love:
true to your purpose.
Take time to reflect on understanding your strengths and passions.
Complete the following statement, “My purpose in life is…”.
Do you thrive as a leader? As a listener? As an encourager? As
a creator? As an implementer? Once you are able to align your passions
with your daily activities, your productivity and level of fulfillment
at work will soar.
an honest conversation with your supervisor and co-workers.
Host a conversation regarding the true vision for where the company is
going. It is possible you have not fully understood the real
importance of your job? Once you recognize how your talents and skills
contribute to the value of the company you may quickly regain respect
for your work.
written priorities and boundaries for your life. For
you to live a life you love, you must first determine what parts of
life you really value most. What
is most important to you? Is it your faith, family, health, financial
security, hobbies? When
was the last time you made a written list of your priorities? Often we
allow the unimportant parts of our life to squeeze out our favorite
If you had a timer that could go on and off as you worked on
productive tasks and unproductive tasks during the work day, how much
time would you say you spend accomplishing and completing productive
projects and how much time re-arranging stacks of paper?
First, make a list of all of the projects you need to complete,
then place a ranking of importance beside each task and spend quality
time focusing on completing one task at a time. You will love your job
more when you have a feeling of accomplishment and control.
what you like and delegate what you don’t like. We
are all born with individual gifts and talents. Focus on utilizing
your strengths. Spend your workday doing what you love to do and learn
to delegate your weaknesses. If you work on a team, have open and
honest conversations regarding how each of you can be most valuable to
achieving your overall objectives.
Disorganization is one of the biggest causes of dissatisfaction
at work and at home. Clutter makes you feel stress in your life. When
you drive to work in a trashed out car, psychologically you start the
day feeling out of control. When
you sit in a cluttered workspace, it can make you feel defeated before
you even start. Make it a top priority to tend to, file or throw away
all of the paper that stands between you and a better work experience.
a decision to grow and embrace change.
When was the last time you mastered a new skill? If you want to
re-ignite the passion for your work – choose to raise the bar on
what you expect of yourself. Come in to work 15 minutes early, read
journals and trade magazines to know what is going on in your
profession. When you read about a superstar in your industry – pick
up the phone and call him/her. Find out who is the expert of the
cutting edge concepts and technologies in your company and ask him/her
to be your mentor. Consider going back to college. The more you grow,
the more you will know and the more valuable you will become – not
only to your company, but in your own heart as well.
½. The biggest secret of
all is that you will live a life you love when you learn to be
grateful for the blessings you already have. Take out a piece of paper
and write down ten things you actually love about your job. Think back
to your first day at your company. What were you most excited about?
Life is full of blessings; sometimes we need to focus on the positive
parts of our work and our lives.
secret to never having to work begins when we take our eyes off of
ourselves and we focus on helping improve the lives of all of those
around us. When you give
joy, you will find joy. When you love life first, you will love
everything that comes with it – including your job.
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