When it comes to work, we often look at the positives of our friends’ jobs and the negatives of our own. However, every position has its pros and cons. Embracing a few of these ideas will help you gain a little perspective.
Practice Having Gratitude
Being grateful for the challenges you face at work is a reminder that each opportunity will provide you with an outcome, good or bad. Regardless of the results, those challenges become lessons learned, and can strengthen your skills. That’s something to be thankful for!
Instead of looking at your job as a “clock-in, clock-out” arrangement, choose to look at it as your art, and you’re there to constantly look at it in a new way. Consider your role in the company— you direct decisions and strategies of a company, or you protect the company’s cash flow. Instead of looking at what you’re doing, consider the impact.
If you’re unhappy with a situation at work, like how your team operates, look for opportunities to make positive, optimistic, practical recommendations to management on how things can improve. You’ll gain a reputation as an innovator and someone who is solution-focused. If your suggestions are adopted, you’ll know you inspired change—and even if they aren’t, you’ll know you’re someone who works toward creating a positive work environment.
These are simple concepts that can make a big difference. Choosing to be grateful, taking action when things aren’t great, and transforming your perspective are all things you can start today.