Do you have the same mindset as Earvin “Magic” Johnson? He says, “I am a businessman. This is what I do each and every day. I love it. I love coming to work. I never have a bad day.”
Do you feel the same way? Do you love your work? Daily, do you get up and go at it with passion, enthusiasm, and excitement? If not, you may need an infusion of optimism.
Beginning now, no more complaints. Complaining gives power to the negative. Talking about the aspects of your work that you don’t like fills your mind with thoughts that can snowball. Just like thinking positive can lift your spirits, negative thinking and negative talking can drag you down and make a challenging situation worse.
Find the good and make that your focus. You may be pleased to have a role that uses your skills, or appreciative for flexible work arrangements. The people with whom you interact might stimulate you, or you may simply be grateful for a job that pays the bills or supports your child’s education. These are all good reasons to show up and do a good job. Your list of positives may be different, but there’s always something that makes going to work worth your while.
If you can’t find anything good to focus on about your job, maybe it’s time to make a move. Examine the things you’re whining about with an eye toward growth. Your whining may hold the key to identifying the things you can get excited about in a new job opportunity.
But for now, to start on the path to feeling more like Magic Johnson – loving going to work and never a bad day, let go of complaints and annoyances. Give your full attention to the positives in your work life and you’ll succeed in spite of circumstances.
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