If you are finding yourself swamped or feeling uninspired, you are not alone. Many business owners need a vacation, but are unable to take time off due to economic pressures and reduced staff to support time away from work.
Three ways to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and lose the need to feel sorry for yourself at work will reward you with reduced stress and improved customer loyalty. When a worker is down in the mouth, customers notice.
If you find yourself with the same attitude that makes you want to slap others, it’s obviously time for a change. Three ways to fall back in love with work are to identify what is causing the dislike for work, list three things you love about work or your business and finally complete two projects perhaps the low attitude has delayed.
As Ambrose Bierce said, “Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”
While most of us can keep our boredom and exhaustion bottled up so others do not notice, customers are very clever and informed and often your attitude directly affects customer loyalty.
To identify what has been causing dislike for work, it is important to dig. It could be because someone complained about you, a coworker disagreement or even perceived finances that do not meet your needs. Bad days lead to worry, angst and unease while turning around an attitude leads to a brighter outlook.
Bag the attitude at the door, look at the day as a great opportunity and let problems roll off your back, so that you can focus on positives. Look in the mirror and recite “I will have a good day and today is a great opportunity for growth.” While a little out of the box in repairing passion for work, giving yourself a purpose for the day often lifts worry and creates open avenues for work performance improvements.
This brings us to step two which is to list three things you love about work. A personal example I like to use, is a recent client asked the firm to reconstruct customer service standards.
During the new customer service training, one employee posed several questions, pushing back or rejecting the new standards. To overcome the one employee who had the potential to do the client damage, we asked each person to name challenges at work. This same employee said it stressed her out to return dozens of customer calls, and so, in response, the trainer suggested adhering to the new standards of answering the phone every time would eliminate this stress.
If you love solving things, make that your priority. Find what tasks or projects get the internal engines running and find ways to incorporate those in your daily routine. Happiness spreads. It is a basic rule of life as well as work.
Finally, complete two projects that you have been putting off because of the lack of motivation. This is the easiest task for most of us.
Contributing to projects successfully creates enthusiasm and renews dedication to work. It also allows supervisors and coworkers to take notice of your renewed vigor and energy creating continued passion.
One of Oscar Wilde’s best quotes is, “The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”
In today’s job market with Florida leading the way of unemployment, grasp onto Wilde’s quote, embrace passion for work and regain purpose on steady ground with an improved attitude.
Camden Smith, owner of DREAMFly Marketing LLC, has more than eight years expertise in branding and marketing strategy and 13 years in public relations. Formerly a WINK-TV reporter, Smith is an award-winning PR strategist and lives in Naples with her husband. Visit Smith at dreamflymarketing.com