Enjoy Your Way To Success
Do you feel like practically dragging your feet on your way to work? Does the sight of your officemates and the boss make you agonize and feel like having “intentional flu?” Do you think that there are better things in life than go to work?
When work ceases to be fun, the employee does not enjoy his work. He feels lazy, unproductive, unmotivated and even stressed. When this situation occurs, nobody wins. The employee loses self-esteem, drive and a sense of personal and professional achievement. The company pays the employee good money for going through the motions and not for results that the customer wants to pay for. The customer also gets the raw end of the deal, as customer service and satisfaction are not exactly in the employee’s agenda.
So, how can you enjoy your work and succeed in your chosen career? Here are a few tips to bring exuberance and exhilaration into your work:
Look for opportunities to play in your work. Since play is fun, you must bring the elements of a game into your work so that work can be truly fun. In everyday situations, look for the chance to transform your work into a game. I don’t suggest horseplay or gamesmanship. Simply find ways to have fun while doing your work.
The truth is that fun is not in the work situation. Fun comes from within you. Look around you and you will see people unmoved while watching a comedy. On the other hand, you see people just laugh out loud with no visible provocation.
Try to be spontaneous; do things differently. Study your routine at the workplace. Doing the same things over and over can become monotonous and boring. Whenever you have a task to do, try to do it in a way that is different, innovative and fun than the usual way.
Better yet, try to challenge existing ways of doing things. Rewrite your job description in terms of results, not tasks or routine activities, and try to devise new ways of achieving those results when the usual ways become boring. Don’t be stiff with co-employees – be spontaneous in greeting, working, and dealing with them.
Accept positive feedback. Sometimes, we feel awkward whenever we receive praises or positive feedback. This should not be so – at least, I refuse to wallow in a culture of undue humility to the point of penalizing good work.
It is common for many of us to either deny or deflect praises heaped upon us whenever we do something spectacular. We deny them by saying, “Oh that’s nothing!” We deflect them by returning the compliment right away, “Oh, you look great yourself”.
Be kind to your audience, especially your subordinates. Perhaps, it takes a lot of courage, and the right semantics, for a subordinate to heap sincere praises on a boss. Learn to accept sincere praise and feel good about it. In my work as consultant, I could live with sincere praise for a month.
DEAL WITH MISTAKES
Don’t let mistakes and failures ruin your day and your career. So you made a booboo and your boss bawled you out – is it the end of the world for you? Just think how many great men and women in this world have committed greater and more crippling mistakes than what just did. Life must go on. Ignore it even if something like this keeps ringing in your ear, “I know what you did last summer.”
When the mistake is so ridiculous, you can even laugh at yourself and have fun. I know this because it happened to me when I was training a large group. I was in front, strutting my usual way as I gave my lecture, when I noticed that everybody was looking at my feet. It was then that I saw that my socks were not of the same color. I just said, ”Oh; I have another pair like that at home,” and laughed at myself as the audience burst into laughter. I was simply inspired to go through the lecture and had a good rapport with the audience who enjoyed my laughing at myself.
FOCUS ON WHO YOU ARE
It is who you are, not what you do that counts. Many of us tend to wallow in the miserable quagmire of self-pity, as we see ourselves pale in comparison with others. This is because of our mistaken notions about success. Many of us equate success with titles, positions, salaries, perks, education, etc. We feel inferior and therefore unhappy when we compare ourselves with our “more successful” co-employees.
We tend to focus on what we do, not on who we are. ”I’m only a security guard” is a familiar lament of a watchman. But, whoever you are, wherever you are, or whatever you do, you can be the darned best if you wish to. We must realize that we can’t be all generals. But if you are the best soldier there is, then you have every reason to be happy and proud. Honestly, do you want to be remembered as the best sergeant or the worst general?
Socrates once said, “It doesn’t really matter if we have achieved wealth, fame or a position of leadership if we have not first become the right kind of person.” In short, what matters is who you are, not what you do.
The road to success is hard, competitive and lonely. The least that we can do is to make it fun and enjoy our way to success.