When more than half of Americans were identified as overweight,
people took notice. Major news outlets began educating on how to stay out,
or get out, of that statistic. I wish the same attention had been paid when
the Conference Board released their statistics saying half of Americans are
satisfied with their job.
Of course, that means, half are dissatisfied. Disliking your job is
hazardous to your health and well-being, too. You can't be winning at
working if you're dissatisfied with your work or languishing in the
status-quo of dislike.
Spending the majority of your waking hours dissatisfied, like being
overweight, weighs you down, depletes your energy, and kidnaps your spirit.
You can change all that. And looking for a new job should not be where you
start. At least not yet.
First consider what is causing your dissatisfaction. Maybe it's that
annoying coworker or irritating boss that's holding you back. Maybe if you
only made more money. Maybe the work's boring or the company's unfair.
Whatever your reasons, pause your thinking and go to step two: look deeper.
More than likely what's at the root of your dissatisfaction is your own
doubts, fears, and insecurities.
You see, too often we become victims in our own life. We blame McDonald's
for having French fries that make us fat, and blame bosses who give us
substandard raises. When in fact, we control whether the French fries gets
purchased and put in our mouth, or we do the quality of work that meets the
performance standards for a higher raise. It's a choice. And choices bring
accountability. It's easier to believe you're a victim of circumstances
than a driver of your own future. But, this easier choice comes at a price:
The harder choice comes with a price too: personal accountability. That
means when you're running an obstacle course and discover you're the
obstacle, you correct your thinking, enhance your skills, and persist
through your fears. It means, if you don't get the raise, the promotion, or
the more interesting work, you look in the mirror first.
Sure, in the end, you may determine you need to change jobs or
environments. Just be sure it's the job you're dissatisfied with, or you
may find the same irritating co-workers and unfair bosses (with different
names, of course) waiting for you in the new job.
People who are winning at working don't see themselves as victims. They
know the choices they make have consequences and payoffs. And while fears,
self-doubts and insecurities may stall their progress, challenge their
courage, and test their persistence, it doesn't stop them.
It's not easy to move through your fears, build your self-esteem or change
your negative self-talk. But few things in life worth having are easy.
People who are winning at working do the hard self-work. They're unwilling
to let their fears, doubts and insecurities orchestrate the outcome of
their lives, at work or at home. To them, the biggest dissatisfaction would
be wondering about the person they could have been. Want to be winning at
working? No one is stopping you, but you.
© 2005 Nan S. Russell. All rights reserved.
Sign up to receive Nan's free biweekly eColumn at www.winningatworking.com. Nan Russell has spent over twenty years in management, most recently with QVC as a Vice President. She has held leadership positions in Human Resource Development, Communication, Marketing and line Management. Nan has a B.A. from Stanford University and M.A. from the University of Michigan.
Currently working on her first book, Winning at Working: 10 Lessons Shared, Nan is a writer, columnist, small business owner, and on-line instructor. Visit www.nanrussell.com or contact Nan at firstname.lastname@example.org.