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Do you love your work?
How many of us can honestly say that we wake up on a Monday morning, jump out of bed and race to work, excited to get the day started?
Hitting snooze a few times, getting a coffee (or two) and talking about nothing to anyone who would listen, to delay sitting at my desk sounds slightly more accurate for the first few months of this year.
“Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life” – Confucious
I remember reading this quote after just arriving back from a gap year in England. I had hoped the year away would provide me with an epiphany of where my life was headed, or at least an inkling of what it is that I wanted to fill my days with. However sitting on my bed back home all I felt was sad that it was all over and confused at how I had managed to change so much, while everything else had stayed much the same.
This year I have been trying to figure out how you go from waking up each day dreading the day ahead to loving a job so much you feel as though you are not even working?
Almost a year on, I now have three jobs, one day off a week and in all honesty I’m not a whole lot closer to the big “what am I doing with my life”, but I no longer wake up counting down the days till the weekend.
Nothing happens overnight, but it only takes 21 days to make a habit, I challenge you to try these three steps and see how much of a positive difference it makes to your mind-set, and therefore your attitude and outlook on your days.
1) Start your day right
As soon as your alarm goes off count down from five and on one get up, open the curtain, have a stretch and a drink of water. Don’t make reaching for your phone the first thing that you start your day with.
2) Make a mini goal for yourself at the beginning of each day.
It doesn’t matter if it’s as small as making an effort to say one nice thing to someone in the office or not pressing the snooze button, every time you complete a goal, no matter how small it’s a little win for you. Over time you get to love the rush of smashing your goals and it becomes easier to reach them as you set them higher.
3) Make an effort to find the silver lining
No matter if you have found a job you love or not, there’s always going to be times where it gets tough. At the end of every day, instead of reflecting on everything that has gone wrong, share with your friend or partner one thing that went right.
“If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got.”