This post originally appeared on Dawn Stanyon’s professional fashion and personal branding blog Professionality. Her images, content and advice will be cross-posted here occasionally, enjoy!
When was the last time you felt joyously happy at work? Or supremely excited? Or just pleased as punch? Was it five minutes ago? I hope so. Was it five months ago? Or, worse, five years ago?
We all have our ups and downs. Many of us struggle along in jobs that don’t quite suit us. We see our workplaces in shades of gray (you know what I’m talking about). But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five tips to help you make your way back into the light so that you can feel happy – and maybe even excited – about your career.
- Learn more about you. Of course, you’re unique, But do you know your specific attributes and limitations? What in the heck are you good at – or do you just love to do? And what holds you back? What do you really dislike doing? Talk to your co-workers. Talk to friends. Talk to family. Do a personality/personal brand profile, like 360Reach (you can do a free 15-day version). The fact of the matter is, we can all takes steps to improve on what we don’t excel at; but we thrive by using our strengths.
- Be open to change. I always tell my clients, “Don’t think ‘What if?” Instead think “So What!” So what if you find out something about yourself and it’s surprising, or hurts your feelings a little. Knowledge is power!
- Do something with the knowledge. I just worked with a client who is definitely feeling glum about her career. She’s decided that maybe she’s in the wrong industry. Over the course of several visits, we worked on her personal brand, and she determined her top three attributes. And one strength is something she never even considered as vital to her well being: curiosity. When she talks about researching and discovering, her eyes light up. She is now researching jobs and careers that will provide an outlet for her curious nature.
- Laugh at work. Eight hours a day is too long not to chortle, guffaw and even laugh out loud.
- Find opportunities outside of your specific job responsibilities. Join a United Way committee, participate in the volunteer work day, be part of a multi-department task force. Whatever! You never know who you’re going to meet, what you’re going to learn, or what opportunities may come your way.
The remarkably wise Eleanor Roosevelt said, “We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.” If you don’t care to listen to me, listen to Mrs. Roosevelt! Understand your strengths. Face your limitations. And move towards the job that makes you happy.