Welcome to a great new year! I look forward to working with you via these twice-a-week messages.
We all want to love where we work. To wake up with excitement about who you will see, how you will resolve problems, who you will help. We all crave validation from what we do.
However, some of us might be experiencing some career malaise. And it could be worse this time of year, depending on where you are in the country. A warm sunny environment does bode better than some other climates for optimism…. However, to put that aside for a while, consider some of the following:
Once upon a time, you wanted to be in the field you work in right now. Otherwise you wouldn’t be there. No one intimidated you through residency or nursing school to force you to become a doctor, team lead, CEO, or nurse. Each of you made choices to be there. Today we’re not talking about the deeper philosophical implications of what got you to where you’re currently sitting. Today we’re talking about work, and loving what you do.
Too many of us are at a point where we defrost our cars in the morning with dread of the shift ahead. Some of us go to sleep Sunday night wishing it was Friday again.
Some of us dread our jobs, work itself, the daily drag.
My challenge to you this week, and the next few posts will revolve around this: take this week to notice people who love their jobs and figure out why.
If you see that someone seems to consistently enjoy what they do, ask them why! Investigate! Maybe it’s someone you don’t see everyday. Maybe it’s a head executive you’re reading about. What makes her or him enthusiastic and motivated? We spend a lot of time looking into what doesn’t work. I would suggest spending an equal amount of time looking at what does.
This week I’m asking you to do your research. If it is someone you know, ask them. It might be a CNA, it might be a nurse on another floor. You might think that some people’s jobs require happiness in the job description, but you can almost always tell those who fake it and those who feel it. So look around, find those who love their job. No matter what field.
It’s been quoted to you since you were applying to college: “find something you love to do.”
A broken record of wisdom. Well, you are years into the so-called, “what you love” and if you don’t love it something needs to change.