Submitted by: Cathy Meyer
I’ve been in a down cycle recently. Normally I look forward to “work.” I don’t think of what I do as work but as my passion. For some reason though it lost it’s flavor and I found myself putting off what used to bring me joy.
The more I avoided doing what I once loved, the less I wanted to do it. Then I was talking to my son one night. He has always been my hero, someone I try to model myself after. When life is sunny and I’m feeling uber motivated I know where he gets his attitude about life from.
When I feel as if I’m walking around under a gray cloud it takes reminding and a good conversation with him can work wonders for my attitude.
He is 26 and working his first post college job. He has been on this job for three years. It isn’t the perfect job. Not the job I would have hoped for him but given the state of our economy he is lucky to have found such a job.
Here is the thing about my son, he doesn’t love his job. He works with people at least 20 or 30 years older than him. He drives over an hour one way daily to get to work and he hasn’t had a raise since starting the job. These negative aspects of the job are not what he concentrates on though.
Somehow, somewhere down the line he learned to “make the best of a bad situation.” While he and I talked I learned the tricks he used to keep himself invested in his job and looking forward to work every day.
I thought I would share with you readers what I learned. And also tell you that it is so rewarding to raise a son who not only can teach his mom a few things but also makes her very proud.
Loving What You Do According to Elliott:
Keep Communications Positive
People enjoy being around upbeat, optimistic people. You not only feel better if you work with a positive attitude, those who work with you also feel better about what they do. Stay away from negative conversations and negative people.
Set a Good Example
Model the sort of behavior you want to see in others. Always be willing to help a co-worker if they seem overwhelmed or stressed out. Off assistance before you are asked, get to know and show interest in your co-workers and be willing to share who you are with them.
Most people respond to positive recognition, if you are in a position to tell others you think they do a good job don’t be shy about praising them. Positive recognition along with displays of gratitude go a long way toward making the work environment a happier place.
It all sounds very simple huh? Be respectful when you communicate with others, “done unto them what you would have done to you,” and be kind and generous with praise. If my son’s advice is right, you really do “get back what you give.”