In today’s economy, everyone who is working—everyone who has a job—should
feel fortunate. Particularly, when we pick up the newspaper everyday and
read about the large numbers of workers being laid off, the company mergers
and acquisitions, and so on.
Consider yourself blessed and be appreciative. Thank
the good Lord for shining his light upon you.
Now, I can hear some of you saying, "Yeah, I
have a job, but I haven’t received a raise in two years. I’m
dissatisfied with what I’m doing. I’m having to do the job of two
people now because of company downsizing. Promotions are frozen. When
it comes to putting employees first, developing employees for
increased productivity, management talks the talk, but doesn’t
always walk the walk. Why should I be thankful?"
Before you think another thought, go get yourself a
pencil and piece of paper. You’re going to sit back down, take a few
minutes and complete a self-evaluation relative to our position in the
As far as your job situation is concerned, don’t
worry about things you can’t change. Concentrate on the areas over
which you as an individual do have control, and answer the following
questions "yes" or "no."
Consider your current skills. Are they better,
faster, more reliable? Are you doing more in less time? Are you
working smarter instead of harder? If not, you need to upgrade—refresh,
reinforce and refine.
Have you learned any new skills lately? For example,
mastering a new procedure, learning how to operate a new piece of
technology, learning new techniques that will enhance your skills and
make your job more effective?
Have you varied the pattern of a routine task in the
past six months? Have you looked for ways to simplify tasks so that
you can devote more time to those responsibilities you really enjoy
doing? (If there are no duties you enjoy, you are in deep trouble.
Perhaps it’s time to seek a new job.)
Have you made changes in your surroundings to perk
yourself up? Modifications such as adding a new picture, plant, wall
hanging or desk ornament can add a completely new dimension to your
work environment. Make a change!
Can your skills in communicating with people be
improved? Are you doing your best to give and get cooperation?
What about your knowledge of the organization or
industry in which you work? Do you better understand how the business
operates; how your particular position, department or agency
functions; and what the latest trends are?
Now look at your answers. If you have answered
"no" more times than "yes," no wonder you’re
dissatisfied, no wonder you’re not appreciative.
Why not tap that powerful source of energy that’s
lying dormant within you and set some goals! Develop a plan of action
and go for it. If you don’t try out some new ideas, you will never
realize how good you are or how enjoyable you job can be.
Expect more from yourself. You might be surprised at
what and how much you can accomplish.
Be committed. Commitment gives you new power. For no
matter what comes your way, you never turn your eye from the goal.
Commitment guarantees victory. It’s hard to keep committed people
from achieving success. Place stumbling blocks in their way and they
take them for stepping-stones. If difficulties are thrust in front of
them, they go around, under or through them.
To reach your goals, you must be totally committed
and do what it takes to accomplish them. When you’re striving to
attain your goals, develop a self-talk vocabulary and keep in mind the
words of Linda E. Knight:
Begin each day by focusing on all
that is good.
You’ll be in a position to handle whatever comes along.
Take responsibility for your actions; never make excuses
for not being the best you can be.
If you should slip, be comforted by the thought
that we all do at times.
Determine your tomorrow by the choices you make today.
And, above all, remember, it’s all up to
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