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LOVE Your Job!

By Alessandra Ceresa

I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, “do the job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” I believe this to be true. However, many people find themselves ‘stuck in rut’ when it comes to their careers. I always hate when I speak with people who hate their jobs, and I always try to find the positive aspects of what they do. So, in light of Valentine’s Day, I want to share some wisdom about how you can learn to love your job. And, if you can’t, then it is probably time you start looking for something more fulfilling.

Do more of what you like. Are there some parts of your job that you enjoy more than others? The answer here is probably, yes. There is a lot of power in simply asking for you what you want. So, why not ask if it is possible to do more of what you do like, and less of what you don’t? Just asking your boss this question may open doors to something that excites and motivates you. Let’s say you really like social media, but there is no dedicated social media manager at your company. Why not put together a proposal highlighting what you can bring to the table, and why your company needs a social media manager. Ta-da, just by asking a simple question, you may have just created a brand new position that benefits both you and the company.

Stop drinking the office haterade. Every office has a group that seems to hate everything around them. They complain about your boss, their work, colleagues, and everything in between.  Steer clear of these haters. Remember the saying, ‘misery loves company?’ Well, don’t let yourself be dragged down by those who dislike their jobs and aren’t willing to do anything about it. If you want to love your job, then you need to start hanging out with people who love their jobs and are brand ambassadors for your company. Doing so, will encourage you to think positively and boost your enthusiasm for your job, making work a whole lot more fun.

Change the way you think. Is it the job, or is it you? Are you unhappy in other aspects of your life and taking it out on your job? Are you full of self-pity? Wake up! Life is not always perfect, and only you have the power to change the way you live. If you are unhappy, then you need to take responsibility and make the change. Instead of thinking about how much you hate your job, look at the positives. Has it taught you a new skill? Have you contributed in some big way? This is where the power of positive thinking comes in. Just attempt a positive attitude for one day, despite all the office frustrations, and see how you feel by the time you go home. You may be surprised at how long you have been ignoring some very great aspects of your work and what you do.

Keep a balance. Never should your life be all work and no play. Play is a very critical part of your happiness. Make time to shut off your phone, stop checking emails, and step out of professional mode. Let loose. Go for a walk. Go out to dinner. If you are in work mode all the time, then no wonder you are unhappy. You need to make time for yourself, and the things you enjoy. The more you smile outside of work, the more likely you are to smile at work. This balance also contributes to your focus and productivity. When you are more focused and more productive, chances are, you will become happier with the work that you do, and ultimately, your job.

Search for the ‘Why’. Why do you do what you do? Why does your company exist? What is its mission, and how do you contribute to it? Creating meaning for what you do makes you far more fulfilled at the end of the day. Dedicate yourself to doing good work. The more satisfied you are with the work you do, the more fulfilled and happy you will become.

These are not always easy changes to make; however you do not need to change your career to be happy at your job. Think about why you chose the job you did, and make the most of it. Follow the five tips I outlined above, and I am sure that you will be singing a different song when it comes to enjoying what you do. 

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