Regardless of your position, you dedicate a lot of time and energy to your job, but are you working with purpose or simply counting down to the end of the day?
At Positive Ripples Coaching, we believe that the ability to intentionally create positive ripples in your world includes having a healthy relationship with your work. Our coaching and training programs focus on five critical areas of developing this relationship.
Understand Your Why
In his book, Find Your Why, Simon Sinek wrote, "We don't necessarily find happiness in our jobs every day, but we can feel fulfilled by our work every day if it makes us feel part of something bigger than ourselves. If we want to feel an undying passion for our work, if we want to feel like we are contributing to something bigger than ourselves, we all need to our WHY." So what is your "why"? What makes you excited to get out of bed and get to work?
The right attitude can't make you something you're not, but it can change your perspective on what you are and what you have. Your mind has incredible power in your life, your thoughts determine your attitude and your feelings, your attitude and feelings determine your actions, and your actions determine your results. Do you need to intentionally choose to change your attitude?
You've said it, we all have: "if only there were more hours in a day!" But no matter how hard you wish, you can't add hours to your day and if you try by cutting out something else like sleep or personal time, you add to your stress, anxiety and burn out. Time management and life balance aren't about the quantity of hours you have, but the quality of what you put in them; it's about doing the right things at the right time. When was the last time you wished you had more time or thought you could never get it all done?
It can be easy to become overwhelmed by your tasks, projects, and plans, but as the saying goes, you eat an elephant one bite at a time. Execution is about prioritizing your steps, setting a time frame, building in accountability, anticipating potential obstacles, recognizing resources, and getting started! Consider Newton's First Law of Productivity, objects at rest (aka you) tend to stay at rest unless acted upon by an force, but they also tend to stay in motion once they get going! What task or plan execution are you procrastinating on?
Unfortunately, most people have very little understanding of their natural talents and developed strengths, let alone how to intentionally structure their lives around them. Instead, they become experts in their weaknesses and spend their lives trying to fix their flaws rather than develop their talents. But research shows that people who focus on and operate out of their strengths are more likely to have high job satisfaction and improved quality of life. Do you know what you do well and do you intentionally develop those talents?