The challenge: make one change that will make you more fulfilled in the work place.
This challenge should be exciting. It’s permission to change something you can change.
If you’re starving everytime they require you to stay after for a meeting on Tuesday afternoons, then bring a tray of cookies or a box of protein bars and apples for everyone to share. One of the reasons many of you found happiness during holidays is because of traditions. Make your workplace a place of traditions.
If you have a coworker that drives you crazy that you have to work with on a day- to-day basis, treat yourself afterwards. Give yourself permission to get Starbucks after a long shift with that person, or watch a favorite TV show on your lunch break.
These small things may seem trivial, but I can say from experience that when the small things are taken away, it’s like taking the insulation out of a home. The cold days become freezing and the hot days unbearable. Likewise at work, when you take out small incentives, traditions, or improvements, you are left with bad days becoming unbareable and good days are fewer and far between. Working yourself to death is not something to be joked about when you’re experiencing a mid-career crisis. So find something in your work that you can change, and change it — no matter what the cost. To grin-and-bear it is commendable for the short-term, but not sustainable long-term. Once you dread what you do long term, it’s a quick and slippery slope to a permanent mindset of misery.
Feel free to email and call on this. I’d love to discuss ideas.