When you describe your work, how do you see it? People typically view their work in one of three categories: “as a job, a career or a calling.” How you view your work is based on your viewpoint, your job satisfaction, and how well you perform. If you don’t feel that your work is meaningful, even a great job will feel draining.
Your perception forms your reality at work and at home. If you view such time as unproductive, time will drag on and your energy will drop. But when you feel like you are bringing something valuable into every encounter, you generate energy for you and those around you, whether it’s on the job or socializing.
Research and science has shown that believing in your own abilities helps you succeed, and that your mind-set determines how your workday feels to you. Simply believing we can bring about positive change in our lives increases motivation and job performance.
Something to Think About
Levels of happiness vary for each person, but everyone can improve their happiness level if they desire. Try a few of these activities:
- Spend five minutes a day focused on your breathing.
- Look at photos of loved ones.
- Get outdoors for 30 minutes.
- This week do five kind things for other people.
- Host a group dinner for friends.
Write for 20 minutes about a positive experience, or challenge that you were able to overcome. This prompts you to remember and relive things that make you happy.
Words of Wisdom
With confidence, you have won before you have started. – Marcus Garvey
Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy. – Brian Tracy
Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create. – Roy T. Bennett
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. – Norman Vincent Peale
If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. – The Dalai Lama