Love is in the air…or is it? Strap yourself in, slam on the breaks, and hold on tightly…we will not be talking about love in the traditional Valentine’s Day customs. Instead, you and I will chat about the love you have for your business, your career, or your job—your profession.
Think back to when you first began your working journey. You were excited to start your business (or to be hired). You bought new clothes to look and feel your best, matching your positive outlook. You proudly told your loved ones about your new position, and you filled your mind with dreams of a glorious future.
What happened? Where did all the love go? How did your stress rise so greatly? When did you begin dreading Mondays and worrying about your tomorrows? Well, my friend, it is time to ignite your love for your business, your career, or your job.
According to Forbes, 62% of people dislike change, and resist it. Think about how change makes you feel. Are you one who dislikes change? Does your stomach drop to the floor? Are you filled with worrisome thoughts? Is your speech piled with negative connotations?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then by all means, you dislike change; and more than likely, you resist it.
Forbes also states that Psychology Today reports that between 30 and 90 percent of adults are bored with their job. When you and I conclude this percentage in the middle realm of 30 to 90 percent, we get 60%—which is almost the exact percentage of those who do not like change. Coincidence? I think not. So, are you responsible for the destroyed love for your profession by resisting change?
I believe that without change, people do become bored. Moreover, they become unchallenged. When people are not challenged, their mind becomes stale. When their mind becomes stale, they seek ways to keep it alive. They keep it alive through worry, dread, and negative speech.
So, you see, to bring love back to your professional life, you must stop doing what you are currently doing—you must change. Now, I am not speaking of changing your career path or present place of work. In fact, I want you to stay put where you are in the physical realm, just not mentally; because remember, you more than likely once loved where you are, which means you can love it again—love is a choice.
The key to ignite your love for your professional life is to change the operations of your environment (to include your mind). Now that I have you thinking, take a moment to ask yourself, what can I change in my environment to enhance it, allowing me to fall in love with it again?
For example, you walk into your office, shut the door, slouch in your chair, and let out a deep breath of dread. What if instead, you took a moment to stop by your neighbor’s office to say “hello” and give them a cookie? (If you work from home, you can still stop by your neighbors to say “hello” and give a cookie; or, you can call a client for the simple pleasure of getting to know them better, with no intent of selling–instead serve them, for free.) What if you took a moment to compliment your coworker or praise your client? What if you stopped complaining about a major problem in your workplace, and instead, thought of possible solutions?
If you are no longer in love with your professional life, only you can ignite the love for it once again. Just as the adage goes, you cannot make others happy, until you first make yourself happy, so does it mean, your career cannot make you happy, until you first make yourself happy.
Stop looking for your profession to make you happy; and instead, take the initiative to make your profession happy. Truly think about this…what can you do to create a happy environment in your work environment? What can you do to show love to your work?
Perhaps your first step is to adopt a positive attitude. Your second step could be to embrace change, and even ignite change. Third, you might decide to create solutions (instead of more problems with a bad attitude).
Remember, if you resist change, allow yourself to be overcome by worry, and speak negatively to anyone who will listen, your profession is not the problem—you are. The quickest way to fall in love with your profession again, is to become the solution. Once you choose to love your profession, I promise, it will love you in return.