Are you feeling demotivated at work? Like everything is a bit of a chore? A daily grind that simply has to be done but no longer something we get any real pleasure from? Sometimes we can forget why we do our jobs. Remember when you were applying for the job, were you keen? Were you excited when you got the news that you were successful in your application?
Well wouldn’t it be lovely to bring a bit of that old spark back into your work life? Mindfulness can help you do just that.
Any job can become repetitive, but that doesn’t have to mean boredom. Think about when things changed for you. Perhaps it was the stage where you felt that you were still learning and progressing that was the engaging time.
All of us can learn every day. We might think we know our jobs like the back of our hands but there is always room for improvement and there are always opportunities to learn, what ever we do. Nobody is perfect.
A day at work is a real opportunity to be mindful. Try this exercise…spend a day where you think of everyone you come across as your teacher.
There will be some people who inspire you with their commitment and drive. There may be others who are relaxed at work and seem to be very balanced and calm, see if you can work out how they achieve this. Watch how people react to your colleagues and this will tell you no end about successful communication. Some people you work with may drive you crazy, think about what it is that makes you feel this way about them, surely there is something that you can learn not to do!
Looking at the behaviour of our colleagues is a really interesting way to widen our thinking. Rather than accepting our work mates as we think they are, really notice their behaviour and how they communicate. You will find it fascinating and you may just pick up some self improvement tips!
All that focus on other people will have the added benefit that you won’t be thinking about your own troubles and insecurities. Deep down most of us like to be conscientious, most of us want to do well, for ourselves and for others. There are very few people who go to work every day with the aim of doing a bad job! Look carefully and you will see this in others and you will notice it in yourself.
Our thoughts tend to follow certain patterns. If we continually have negative thoughts at work we can very easily get stuck in that cycle and feel very fed up very easily when something small displeases us. On the contrary if we look for the good we start to see positives much more often. It really is possible to train your brain to have a more positive outlook, you just need to think positive thoughts more often.
Being aware of others will mean that you are more likely to be compassionate towards them and your relationships will improve. When you get on well with your work colleagues then a bit more pleasure can be found in your working day. Given the huge number of hours that most of us spend at work this has to be a worthwhile cause.
Come on a Revitalise Day to get started on your positive thinking, before you know it you will be well on your way to loving all the days of your life, and not just your days off! When you enjoy your work you will be amazed at the success that will follow.