I recently attended a series of seminars by Liz Ryan of Ask Liz Ryan. You may have seen her column in the Daily Camera. She was very engaging and informative. I took the course mostly to update my job seeking skills to help my life coaching clients. I now know how to create a resume, use LinkedIn and interview for a job. Yes, things are tough, but with some creativity and determination, Liz says you can land a great job.”So what!” you say. “I’m not going through all the hassle even though my job drives my crazy.” Not a problem. Maybe you need a little attitude adjustment. It’s very easy to be negative. None of us has to try at that. But being positive is harder. Some times writing down things you are thankful for helps.
Review the good things of your day. Whether your best moments are central to your job (working on a challenging project) or peripheral to it (a great lunch with a co-worker) take the time to notice those moments when you feel at your best.
Cherish the social support. The friendship, success and contributions of co-workers are sometimes the best reasons to come to work.
Appreciate having a mentor. This is a big one, especially for women. If you work in an environment where you can continue to develop and have boss willing to show you the way, that’s reason enough to cheer.
And don’t forget about the perks. My girlfriend works at a place were she can take yoga and get a massage on company time! Can you take your baby or dog to work? Does the company put on a great holiday party and a fun summer picnic at Boulder Rez. That’s a great deal.
And, of course, there’s the money. That is why we work. If you have a reasonably well paid job, you have a great reason to love your job. You may think this is obvious, but often times this simple truth is lost in the craziness of day-to-day work.
What? This pep talk hasn’t help. Maybe you will never love your job. If your embarrassed about it, feel like a fraud, feel you haven’t connected with anyone, you’re overwhelmed with rage and anxiety on a daily basis, and the pay is lousy, maybe it’s time to start looking around. Liz and I can help you with that.