“Enjoy where you are on the way to where you’re going.”
This is one of my favorite quotes from leading Bible teacher and New York Times best-selling author Joyce Meyer. It’s also the title of her book of the same name “Enjoying where you are on the way to where you are going: learning how to live a joyful spirit-led life“. It’s a precept I’ve had to remind myself of many a times, when I’d be tempted to complain about my job at the time. It wouldn’t be much different from what so many employees do at work: complaining and being unhappy about their current job. While there can be serious reasons why one may be dissatisfied at work, there are also ways to learn to love the job you’re in right now.
In the era of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and Instagram flat lays, the general impression is that the next person has it better than us. While fake entrepreneurs are flaunting fake lavish lifestyles on social media, others are claiming to have outstanding careers we know nothing about. All this is contributing to creating a climate of constant dissatisfaction for many, in life and at work.
Yes, most of us are looking to progress and advance, in our careers and/or businesses. After a certain time, we may tend to get stuck in a professional or business rut, albeit temporarily. While we’re striving to get the promotion, the business deal, or the next opportunity, we can be tempted to despise our current professional station. Which in turn can lower the quality of our work, decrease morale, and infect us with a general sense of doom and gloom. Yet, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Here are a few ways to enjoy your job even if you don’t like it:
Practice career or business gratitude
Gratitude is one of the most powerful success tools at our disposal. The more grateful you are, the more you attract the things, people, and events that will increase this sense of gratitude. Consider looking at your career or business with a new lens by identifying the positive rather than the negative.
What is working well at your job or business? What do you enjoy at work? How is your job benefitting you? For some, it may only be getting your paycheck, which also allows you to pay your bills, and indulge every now and then. For others, it may their work relationships. Whatever it is, acknowledge it on a daily basis and express gratitude for it.
Foster positive relationships at work
Positive relationships have the potential to make any environment more beneficial, including work. The more positive your relationships at work, the more likely you will be to enjoy your workplace, and the more motivated you may be.
Stay away from such negativity as gossiping and backbiting, which can end up backfiring on you. Instead, strive to build honest, positive relationships that can nurture you and help you improve at work and in life.
Use your paycheck to pursue a goal or passion
One of the obvious benefits of any job is getting a regular paycheck. Investing some of this money to pursue what you love can really help you enjoy your job. While you may be striving to reach another level in your career or business, having the ability to use your earnings to do what you love can make all the difference.
Go above and beyond
This may sound counter-intuitive, but actually going above and beyond in your job can fill you with a positive sense of achievement. While many of us may think of doing the bare minimum at a job we don’t really love, the opposite can reap bigger rewards.
Consider showing excellence in your work, as well as volunteering for complex projects. The more engaged you are in your job, the more opportunities may be opening up to you.
It can be challenging to work at a job you don’t love, especially if the circumstances are hard to deal with. Don’t forget to reward yourself as you keep giving your best at work.
What other tips would you add to this list?
To Your Success,
The Corporate Sis.