Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Can I be Content in My Job?
Yes, you can be content in your job, if being content means being happy in your work.
But... Do people just want to be happy in their work? This is where it gets complicated; what defines happy?
- More Money?
- A More Prestigious Position?
- A More Prestigious Job?
- An Easier Job?
Or, are these the same things that cause us discontent with our job?
When we are happy (content) where we are, we have a more positive attitude, and our outlook on everything in our job is more positive; our head is up and we are open for opportunity, and we do not pass up the good things that come by. People may say "you always get lucky"; yes, maybe you do, but you make your own luck, because you are always "ready to get lucky" and you don't pass up "Opportunities".
When we are unhappy with our job we get negative; our head is down and our minds are closed, and when opportunity comes by, we don’t see it.
We all have many opportunities throughout our lives; but the key is: knowing when these opportunities are in front of us.
And, by staying Positive; ready to take on challenges, and enjoying the adventure, these "Opportunities" will not pass us by.
The one thing that I think has happened in this New Economy is people are getting more discouraged, and quit easier.
But... The problem with getting discouraged and quitting is nothing good comes from it.
Let's say you are working harder and more hours, but your money is not going as far, and you are on a tighter budget than before.
- You might be carpooling to work
- Clipping coupons
- Getting rid of recreational vehicles
- Or cutting out vacations
It is easy to say, "I don't want to keep working this hard, if I can't make more money"!
But... When people get discouraged and negative and just throw up their hands, they can start making bad business decisions.
- I need a different job
- I need to move somewhere cheaper
- I need to move somewhere with more job opportunities
I am not saying these are bad business decisions, but most of the time, if these decisions are made because someone is "Discouraged", it doesn't work out.
If these decisions are made for Positive reasons; a great job opportunity arises in another area, which also happens to have a lower cost of living index; this is "Opportunity" and a "Lucky Break".
But... Most of the time, it is better to stay where you are and make your job you have right now, your "Opportunity" and your "Lucky Break".
Just keep moving forward each day; even on the difficult days; know tomorrow, things will always get better.
And, most of the time, we quit just an inch from the finish line; and if we only knew how close we were, we never would have quit and given up.
With any economy, the Pendulum always comes back the other way.
So, right now, make the budget adjustments, work the longer days, and stay positive, knowing this is only temporary, this is not forever; this is only until the Pendulum comes back our way.
And, in every type of economy, even in our New Economy, there are "Opportunities" and "Lucky Breaks"!
We just need to keep our Positive Attitude, so we will have our heads up and our minds open, to see the opportunities when they are in front of us.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.