Everyone would like to take steps to be happier at work. While “loving what you do” is important, it’s just as important to set goals and manage expectations. Happiness isn’t a given – it doesn’t happen overnight.
Happiness comes from realizing your potential and accomplishing the goals you set.
Here’s a list of things to start doing today to increase your happiness.
- Start focusing on what you can control. Are you the type of person that gets worked-up and stressed out over the unknown? Relax. You’re not going to get fired, demoted, or transferred today – your boss doesn’t dislike you, your coworkers aren’t out to get you. Rather than focusing on these negative what-ifs, put all of your energy into doing good today. Avoid filling your head with variables you cannot control, instead take charge of your success by focusing on what you can control.
- Start believing in yourself. Do you know what the difference between you and the person who is going to start the next big things is? It’s not intelligence, it’s not money, it’s having the confidence to step out on that ledge. Start believing that you don’t have to stay in the spot you’re currently in. You have the ability do great things, but will you choose to do them?
- Start “putting hooks in the water”. The only way you can catch a fish (achieve success) without having a hook in the water is by having the fish jump in your boat – and that isn’t easy. Many of us don’t have any hooks in the water and are just waiting on dumb luck to strike. Look into that investment property or small business – anything to get your feet wet and brain moving.
- Start getting uncomfortable. That’s right, the more comfortable you are the less you’re growing as a person. We all know how easy it is to maintain meritocracy by avoiding challenges and new things. Snap out of this! Volunteer for the harder project to work on. Challenge yourself today!
- Start becoming an expert in your industry. What’s something you can do to start down the path toward becoming an expert? Is it writing an eBook? Volunteering to speak at your company’s next function? Whatever it is….DO IT! Experts get’s promoted and recognized (and feel higher levels of job satisfaction). Here are 7 more ideas on how to become an expert in your industry.
- Start building better relationships with your clients. Networking is essential to success in the business world. Chances are you’re not fully connecting with your clients or coworkers. Today, make a phone call, setup a lunch or even just shoot out an email in an effort to deepen a business relationship.
- Start organizing your resources. On a scale of 1 to 10, how organized are you at work? Do you have easily accessible (and backed up) electronic folders with all of your contacts, forms, projects, etc.? How well archived are your bulletins, correspondence and emails? Work on bettering your structure today…an organized desk is an efficient desk!
- Starting focusing on the interesting part of your job. No where does it say that you have to be bored at work – even if you have a “boring” job. Most of us are not supermodel photographers or record company executives, however, there are aspects of our jobs that are interesting. Find the interesting in the ordinary and you’ll have a better outlook on your job and life in general.
- Start setting real goals. Quick, what would you like to achieve today…next month….next year? If your answer is to not get fired or if you’re still thinking about it, chances are you’re going to find yourself in the same spot then that you are now. Entrepreneurs and executives don’t achieve success overnight, they first set goals and then spend the next day, week or year working toward reaching them. What’s the first small step you can take today to achieve your goals?
- Start being looked at as an innovator. What is something you could be doing differently today at your job? Yesterday I created a PDF form for us to use – rather than printing out a form, filling it out and scanning it back in, now we just type it in on the PDF form. This saved us time and money. This small tasked gained the respect of my employer and coworkers (more so than any other day-to-day task would have). Think for a minute about something in your processes that could be more efficient.