Are you in love with your current job? It’s very easy in today’s workplace to get into patterns of behavior. You complete the same tasks the same way, work with the same people so you have probably fallen into a familiar routine. It is comforting and known. It is also a rut. If you’re in one, here are four steps you can take to get out.
- Get outside. In order to see where you are, you need to step outside the rut and look at how you may be held back and restricted by your routine. Consider what artificial blinders you may have in place that limit your viewpoint and creativity. Expand your field of vision and see the possibilities in your future. Look at your job with the eyes of an outsider and consider how they would find positives in your current work. Remember, it is possible to live a life without limits.
- Consider the grass. You may think that it’s easier to leave your job and find a new one than to stay and make the changes necessary to love your current job. But the grass is not always greener in some other yard. You’ve worked at this job and this workplace for a long time and it’s become familiar to you. You look at it with the same perspective every day and now you’re seeing only the negative.
- Get committed. Yes, it seems simpler to leave and find a new job than to stay. It can be challenging to make the commitment, look long and hard at yourself and your actions and make the changes you need to create a better, stronger relationship with your job. But you are the one who will benefit most from making this commitment. You’ll become more relaxed, more open to new ideas, more creative. You will complete your work quicker and at a higher level of quality. You feel better about yourself and your abilities, your superiors notice your increased level of performance and reward you accordingly. When you enjoy your work and perform it better, your overall quality of life improves.
- Change one thing. This week, I challenge you to change just one thing at your current job. What skills and abilities do you have that you can bring into your work? What barriers are there to your enjoyment of your job and what creative solutions can you brainstorm to overcome them? What co-workers can you use as role models or mentors? What can you do to take better care of yourself at work?
Get creative and spend some time brainstorming ideas! List all the thoughts that occur to you, no matter how impractical and farfetched they may sound.
Copyright ©2005-2016 Joel Garfinkle, All Rights Reserved.
Joel Garfinkle is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., and the author of 7 books, including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. He has worked with many of the world's leading companies, including Google, Deloitte, Amazon, Ritz-Carlton, Gap, Cisco, Oracle, and many more. Visit Joel online at Garfinkle Executive Coaching. Subscribe to his Fulfillment@Work Newsletter and receive the FREE e-book, 40 Proven Strategies to Get Promoted Now!
This article may be reprinted or forwarded to colleagues and friends as long as the above copyright notice and contact information is attached in its entirety.
If you reprint this article, please advise us that you have done so and forward a copy of the article, or a link to the web page where the article can be viewed, to Joel Garfinkle.