How to wake up and smile when you think about work.

Buzzzzzzzzzz. There goes the alarm clock again. It’s Monday morning and another working week spans ahead. What goes through your mind?

An inward groan of despair?

An energised whoop of excitement?

If you want to wake up and smile when you think about your work, here’s how.

  1. Evaluate how your work makes you feel. Do you enjoy what you do? Which tasks or responsibilities give you most satisfaction? By understanding the aspects of your job that brings you the most fulfillment, you can actively seek doing more of the things that make you happy. If what you do is not making you happy, what could you do instead?
  2. Consider time travel. Okay, maybe not literally unless you have a Tardis tucked away. But think about where you would like to be in the next 6 months and the next 6 years. Setting yourself clear goals to aim for increases a sense of purpose, particularly if those goals are well-considered and matched to your passions.
  3. Open your own bank. What skills do you currently have as assets? What other skills can you develop to put in your bank? By facilitating your own growth and development, you are far more likely to enhance a positive mindset and embrace different opportunities.

Fundamentally, if you want to wake up and smile when you think about work, you need to be doing work that gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment. If what you do does not align with your passions, then you really need to consider finding work that does.

Why I smile when I wake up thinking about work:

  • Freedom to plan my work around my lifestyle.
  • Autonomy over everything I do.
  • Helping amazing people find their work happiness and seeing the impact it has on the rest of their lives.

What do you value the most about your job?

Discover your passion to find the right path to your dream job.

If you are struggling to answer this question, maybe it is time to revisit steps 1 and 2.

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