How To Fall In Love With Your Job

Gainful employment permeates so much of our lives.

Jobs are a source of income.

Jobs provide opportunities to use our talents and skills.

Jobs give our lives stability and purpose.

Despite the importance of our jobs, many of us are frustrated, unfulfilled and sick of our employers and the work we do. Curtesy of the “Great Recession” a lot of us are stuck in jobs that we don’t like. Doomed to 8-10 hours every day of underperforming work.

Steve Jobs was right when he said: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

So how will you know when you have founded a job that you love? Here are two questions to consider:

  •  Do you love your job?
  • Can you fall in love with your job?

If you answered “no” to one or both of the questions? Then, let me propose some ideas that may help spice up the romance.

1. Lead with your Strengths

Knowing, understanding and leveraging what you do well, will lead to more successful outcomes. Those successful outcomes will bring the respect, reward, and remuneration that can power up love for the job. Don’t know your strengths? Go to www.strengthfinders.com to start on your path of discovery.

2. Fall in Love with the Boss

 Bosses come in all shapes, sizes and colors; but, they all need one thing…support, help, and love from you. Your boss plays a critical role in your job. You need love from the boss for your success. Therefore, complete the circle by loving your boss!   Find some falling in love tips, by reading my post Are You Leading Your Boss?

3. Turn Your Hopes and Dreams into Goals

We all fall in love with our hopes and dreams. However, these wishes remain fantasies until we set goals and put some muscles behind them. Establishing a goal using SMART or other criteria can make the impossible, possible.   We all love it when a plan comes together or dreams come true? For more about the power of Goal Setting read my post Make Your Dreams Larger Than Your Memories.

4. Love to Learn  

 Being a lifelong learner provides platforms for exploring new applications and approaches; while making room for personal improvements. Check out Fred Pryor Seminars and Toastmasters two groups that have had a big impact on my lifelong love affair with learning.

5. Become a Go to Person

 “Red” played by Morgan Freeman in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” is beloved by both prisoners and guards; because of his ability to, as he put it “Get you things”. Yes, loving your job is about your strengths, your boss, goal setting and learning. However, you can never truly love your job unless you love and care for the people you work with too. Becoming a “Go to Person” by being willing to share your knowledge, resources, time and talents will create waves and streams of love greater than any you could imagine. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a timeless primer on how to get along. I read it again this summer and found new nuggets for my business and life.

Final Thoughts: Love is the Answer

Loving your job may seem out of step with the 21st Century business world; where profit, stock price and market share rule. However, love is timeless and will provide ventures far richer than money for scripture tells us:

Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8Living Bible (TLB)

This is how I do business; and I hope you will do business that way as well. Loving people and loving our jobs.

©Copyright 2014 Marben Bland │

Marben Bland is a professional speaker, writer and business strategist. Specializing in assisting business with the acquisition of human and financial capital along with the strategies required to succeed in the marketplace.

 

 

As The Clock Strikes 14

Happy New Year14-1In a few hours, we will reach the dawn of the New Year; and with The New Year will come new hopes, new opportunities, and new resolutions. Yes, resolutions will include promises we make annually to lose weight, work fewer hours, and save more.  We entered into the New Year of 2013 with the best intention to change, to do better, and to keep our resolutions.  However, for many of us, we did not keep our resolutions. The change never happened, and now we find ourselves in the same boat as we did last year, and the year before, and the year before that.

As the clock strikes 14 (AKA 2014), what will be different this year? How can the resolutions I make on January 1st be real accomplishments by December 31st? Consider these tips as you make your 2014 resolutions.

1. Make resolutions only on goals you truly want to accomplish.

Wayman Tisdale3Wayman Tisdale did not want to play basketball; however, at 6′ 9 and blessed with great ability, he played becoming an All-American in college and a star in the NBA.  However, Tisdale’s true love was music, and he resolved that he would make his mark by becoming a recording artist.  He did recording, including nine bestselling jazz guitar records before dying of cancer at age 44.

My friends, life is short, and we have no idea how long we have here on earth. Our resolutions often fail because, not so deep down inside, we were never committed to achieving our goals when we made our noble resolutions.  We made each resolution because it was something that we thought our friends, family members, or acquaintances expected us to make, or because it was something that we thought we should do and not something that we truly wanted to do.

Therefore, as the clock strikes 14, take the pressure off. Wayman Tisdale 4 Commit only to resolutions you truly want to accomplish.  Wayman Tisdale was fortunate that he spent a large part of his life doing something that he was good at doing, sometimes at the expense of the thing he was passionate about. He was great at music; however, at the end, he resolved to do the thing he truly wanted to accomplish.  Will you and I be as fortunate and blessed to accomplish our goal in life?

2. Make fewer resolutions.

Thomas EdisonLess is indeed more when we make resolutions.  The secret to Thomas Edison’s success as an inventor was that he focused on a limited number of ideas for an invention each year.  The discoveries Edison made in the accomplishment of those limited ideas made him a prolific inventor.

 

3. Make resolutions with a project statement.

Steve JobsSteve Jobs was unyielding in turning his resolutions into project statements, using time-sensitive milestones to measure progress.  Granted your resolution might not produce the next IPhone, but your achievement of the things you resolve in 2014 is just as important to your feelings of success in life.  For example, last year, my resolution was to run in a 10K race. This is the project statement I used to turn the resolution into a reality:  “In 2013, I am committed to train and run in one 10K race per quarter for a total of 4 for the year.” This project statement clarified my resolution and enabled me to measure my progress.

4. Make your resolutions public.

Diana Nyad 1In 2010 Diana Nyad resolved publicly to do something no one had ever done before, swim the 110 miles from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida without a shark cage.  On September 2, 2013, in her fifth attempt, Diana accomplished her goal.  How did she do it?  She did it by publicly announcing her intentions.  Nyad captured the attention of the nation, and more importantly, she captured the attention of a decided 35-person support team who assisted her in training and logistics.  Your family, friends, and co-workers are the support team members you need to accomplish your resolution. They are eager to help, so let them help by making your resolutions public and asking them for help.

5. Make 2013 resolution failure the key to 2014 resolution success.

All the people profiled in this post have two elements in common; they experienced failures, but they also achieved a resolution.

  • Wayman Tisdale missed game winning shots.
  • Thomas Edison had failed inventions.
  • Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, the company he started.
  • Diana Nyad attempted the swim from Cuba to Florida four times before succeeding on her fifth try.

Looking back, why did your 2013 resolution fail?  Was it because:

–        You were not really committed to the resolution when you made it?

–        You made a higher number of resolutions than you could possible keep?

–        Your resolutions were not turned into project statements, leveraging time and milestones to track and measure your progress?

Whatever the reason, failure is a catalyst for turning 2013 resolution failures into 2014 resolution successes.

Hears to a Happy New Year and successful resolutions as the clock strikes 14.