A recent Gallup poll found that more than half of all working people hate their job. Are you one of those people? Are you dissatisfied with your job? Do you feel that you don’t get any respect, or the reward for working just isn’t worth the effort? If you’ve ever said “I HAVE to work” or “I really don’t want to get up and go in this morning,” then I’ve got a news flash for you: YOU DON’T ACTUALLY HAVE TO GO TO WORK. You can just roll over in bed or pull the sheets over your head and blow off the day.
You were hired because you are, apparently, good at what you do and your employer wants the benefits of having you on board. But, if you can’t find the motivation to go to work, well, why don’t you just quit? That’s right, you heard me – turn in your notice and quit whining about how tough it is for you and how no one respects you enough. “Well, that’s not what I meant!” “I didn’t actually mean quit right now!” (That’s what is commonly referred to as back-peddling.)
Each and every workday morning you choose to go to work. You choose to go to work because you want the benefits – benefits you can only get by working. Some people work because it’s a chance to be creative or productive, while others may work because they genuinely enjoy helping other people. (By the way, I believe there is no greater call than to serve others.) And, of course, most of us work to earn an income and support our family.
So, you actually want to go to work, you might even say that you get to work – even if it’s to avoid something distasteful like the painful process of finding a new job or, worse yet, losing your home. Close to 10 percent of the people right here in our country who want to work right now, are unemployed for various reasons. That is about 20 million potential workers who would gladly trade places with you for the chance to get up early on a Monday morning.
When you consider the alternatives, you and I are darn lucky to have the opportunity to work. And if you are in a career transition or out of work right now, consider this phase your “temp job” and work at finding your next career opportunity. Find the motivation to work happily and diligently to accomplish this goal. I promise you that if you take this approach and have this kind of attitude, your life will never be the same again!
You are very fortunate if you are employed. Whether you work for a big Fortune 500 company or are a self-employed business owner, remind yourself that you get to go to work and be grateful. Tomorrow morning, look in the mirror before you go to work and say, “I’m grateful to have a job that values my talents. I enjoy having enough money for groceries and even enough left over to go out once in a while.”
Here is an assignment: List all the reasons you want to go to work, then list all the reasons you don’t want to go to work. When you’re done with the two lists, choose which list you want to live with. Tape it somewhere visible and watch your perspective change!
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