Seriously, are you poisoning your work environment?
This is not a question about toxic substances that may or may not be in the air you breathe, the food you eat, or the liquids you drink.
It is not about drugs or stimulants.
It is about something much more subtle and far more powerful.
Put another way, are you creating a situation where you are making your work experience less than it can be?
I am currently reading a book by the late Dr Wayne Dyer, called The Power of Intention.
One little line caught my attention,
“Love what you do. Do what you love.”
Dr Dyer used some examples of his own such as a sales person falling in love with their product or service and then selling that love or enthusiasm to their potential customer, or an athlete practicing their skills while studying the strategy of their sport.
My thoughts went to the daily experience of the common working person.
The Common Workplace
So often the perception is that work is something to be hated.
But if you stop and think about it, that kind of an attitude cannot be a good thing.
Let’s consider the average working person, who is defined as someone who works 40 hour per week.
That works out to an 8 hour shift every day 5 days per week, which does not include travel time to and from work. That is 1/3rd of their day already commited.
Assuming this person also sleeps the recommended 8 hours per night, which is another 1/3rd of their day, that leaves less than 1/3rd of their day to do what they like to do.
And during that time they complain about their work!
Having just recently started a new job, I can still recall the process for getting hired.
It started with a desire to find a job, then:
- applying for the job,
- being interviewed for the job,
- being offered the job
- accepting the job offer
- attending specialized training for the job,
- starting work on the job
- scheduling my day around the job
There was significant effort put into starting this new job — just to do something that I will spent my time hating and complaining about!
What if …
What if there was an antidote for the poison of whining, complaining and hating my job.
What if I change my attitude to loving what I do — suddenly my workday is no longer a drudgery to be endured.
If I love what I do, I bring an entirely different attitude to the work that I do. The work is suddenly easier and requires less effort. Even the challenges are easier to handle and require less effort to deal with.
The job is challenging enough — there is no need to bring more poison to an already challenging environment.
It worked for me!
It can work for you too!
Just a simple attitude shift and suddenly instead of poisoning your work environment, you can actually make your job easier to handle.
Give it a try and share your story in the comments below.
All the best,