Almost everybody has had a job at one point or another in their life. The vast majority of us will spend almost our entire adult lives working, making our choices about a career extremely important. Additionally, our attitude and performance at work have an array of impacts on the other elements of our lives. So, how do we make this important component of our existence one we enjoy, rather than one we dread?
It all starts in our childhood, when we truly believe that we can become anything we want. We fantasize about becoming a super hero, a ballerina or a movie star. As we age, we realize that these, indeed, are fantasy jobs and we must cope with the idea of having a “regular” job. If we are lucky enough to possess academic prowess and take our education seriously, we certainly have options that others will not with respect to career choices. In the end, though, it seems that we all must settle on a realistic career that is available and can sustain us.
Since we will spend so much of our time at our job, we must consider what type of job we will enjoy and be able to perform day after day, year after year. It is never a good idea to choose a job just because it pays well or gives us superiority, even though financial security and social standing are important aspects to consider. If we follow these rationale and spend each day completing tasks that disgust us, literally or in principle, it will affect us emotionally and mentally. Such distaste for our work will certainly mold us into miserable human beings.
It is also essential to choose work that provides us with some type of satisfaction. Performing menial work tasks gives us no positive feedback, making us dejected, unfulfilled individuals. A lot of people do not have to change the world in their work to find pleasure in it. Choosing a job that gives us a sense of accomplishment, whether from completing a big project or actually saving someone’s life, is refreshing and will help us to come back the next day and feel good about doing so.
Finally, we must have the ability to maintain a positive attitude about our work and believe that our contributions are important. Employees who begrudge everything about their jobs, even the tiles on the ceiling, will find themselves feeling the same way outside of work. We all have days when we feel negatively at our worksite, but it is necessary for us to find the positive in something about our job that day. We need to feel as though our work is a direct reflection upon ourselves and give as much effort as we would if we owned the company.
These simple ideas can mean a lot when it comes to rolling out of bed and heading-off to face our work day. Even if we dreamed of being a celebrity chef as a ten-year-old, we should still be able to find satisfaction in our position as a short-order cook. Finding the positives in our job will keep us charged for success and this positivity will spill-over into other areas of our lives. Feeling like a part of our employer’s mission and fulfilling our expectations will help us live happy and healthy lives, even if we are looking forward to retirement!