Are You Looking Forward to Monday? – (News Press Featured Columnist Article)

Do you go to bed on Sunday evenings with a smile on your face, looking forward to the joy of arriving at your “daily fun adventure” on Monday morning? Or, are feeling a sense of dread, already counting the days until Friday. Are you in the camp of those who feel trapped at a job, and just can’t imagine what it’s like to love what you make a living at?

Finding joy in what you do every day is a necessary ingredient for your wellbeing. You deserve true happiness in every facet of your life, including work!

We often think that, through working hard, giving 200%, and managing the stress of it all, we will be successful…and ultimately happy. The problem with this belief is that it is impossible to be happy in the present moment under that kind of pressure!

Maybe you enjoy the work itself, but are burdened by insurmountable stress. If so, then it is time to rethink how you spend your time at work. Not the activities that you complete, but how you approach your day and how it makes you feel.

Feeling great raises your level of happiness. Success levels also rise, because you are able to work faster, more creatively, more intelligently, and with more energy

How can you have more joy at work?

Answer: Choose your state of mind. Take control of your day! This choice is contingent on you, not external factors or the behavior of others. Research shows that our mind does not know the difference between our imagination and our reality. Your mind is an amazingly powerful tool, only limited by your imagination. As the saying goes, “You have to see it in your mind before you will hold it in your hand.” Give it a try and watch it happen.

Be positive and remain that way…your job is to feel great! Allow yourself no other option. Remember that you deserve nothing less!

Here are a few tips to help you:

Acknowledge your current reality. Ask yourself, “How do I feel in my work environment?” Don’t think about it, feel your way to the answer. Compare this to how you feel when you’re doing something you absolutely love. Is there a difference? If so, get ready to focus on creating a new reality now, that is fun, joyful, and easier on you!

Start your day on the way to work. Expect each day to be the best day of your life! Expect it to flow easily and effortlessly. Expect your boss and co-workers to appreciate and respect you and your work. See yourself as a valued contributor and imagine everyone complimenting you on a job well-done.
Say to yourself: “I am so grateful that today is the best day of my life!” Repeat this over and over again until you begin to feel it is possible.

Greet everyone with a smile when you arrive and throughout your day! Go out of your way to compliment others. Be genuine. Use only positive words. There is always a way to phrase what we need to say without inflicting hurt and pain.

Stay calm by feeling love for yourself and everyone else. Feel gratitude for the job you have, even if it’s not your dream job. Once you feel better at your current job, it will be easier to focus on the dream adventure living in your heart.

Regardless of your work environment, if you are always positive, you will find your daily outlook, results, and interactions with others will improve. Before you know it, you will move to the “I love Monday” camp!

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This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.