A Monday Motivational Message.
How to engage with the new world of work is my Monday Motivational message for you. I used to send these a few years ago. They were well received and I’m going to begin again because in the last few months I’ve talked with a number of colleagues who are very disengaged from their work. Many don’t know what they can do about it, are resigned to it being their lot and lack the motivation to do anything about it.
So if you are jaded and disengaged at work, this is for you.
I was talking with a colleague recently. I asked the usual question: “How’s everything going with you?” She replied: “Same old, same old. Do you know I’ve been with XX company now for 15 years and I’ve realised I’m here to stay”. She is 45.
Every part of her being displayed flatness and jadedness – the way she was dressed and groomed, the lack of light in her eyes, the dullness of her skin, her overweight body. It all epitomised her lack of physical and psychological energy. And as she implies, she is there to stay working in that space until she is 70, another 25 years! Who will she be then? What will she have become?
I spoke a few encouraging and supportive words but as I don’t engage in unsolicited coaching we moved on to talk about other things. If she had come to me professionally I would have been very strategic in helping her to take action to change her situation.
Once upon a time – yes, in fairy tale land – as long as you gave loyalty and did your job well you would remain there for life. She is still living in that fairyland, when that is no longer the case.
In fact, my colleague won’t be there for another 25 years unless she changes her attitude drastically. She’ll be made redundant by the exponential change that sees people like her moved on while those with high energy and drive move up. Her professional sector is being highly transformed by digital technology. Those in her sector who will thrive are those who enthusiastically embrace those changes, who become a learner, who commit to developing the skills that technology cannot replicate and who engage pro-actively with this new world of work.
So What Do You Do If You Find Yourself Stuck In A Job That’s Sucking The Life Out Of You?
There is so much you can do to change your life that I cannot discuss it all here. Here are just 6 things to start with.
Acknowledge that you need to change your situation – Develop a Growth Mindset.
The obvious thing is to get unstuck. Accepting that you need to do that is the first step to change. A large part of this is changing your mindset from “Same old, same old. This is all too hard” to “I can do this – even if I don’t know how at this point.” This is about developing a Growth mindset, rather than staying in your Fixed mindset. If you want to know the difference, go here – https://bit.ly/2ywvdkB
Get someone to help you.
Many people don’t know what they need to do to change in spite of wanting to. That usually means you need someone to help you. So pay for a coach or mentor. Seek out a respected and trusted colleague. Talk with a colleague who has already made that change about how they did it. This is an investment in your future.
Do some self-reflection first.
What is it about where you are at the moment that you don’t like and would want to change? Think about your professional and personal life. Use my Moving On, Moving Up handout to help you do that. Take that with you as a starting point for your discussion with your mentor or coach.
Find your Why and Empower Yourself.
Why are you doing the work you are doing? Why do you get up in the morning? Dig deep here and search for that answer because if you are stuck, you are out of touch with that driving force inside you. Getting back in touch with it can make all the difference. As Simon Sinek says, we all know what we do. We all know how to do it, but very few of us know why we do it.
Develop a personal brand separate from your organisation.
For example, if someone Googled you (as often happens today) what would they find. Who are you? What do you stand for? How do you present yourself to your organisation, colleagues, clients, friends, family?
Know where your professional or industry sector is going.
What are the changes that are happening? How will they impact you? What do you need to be doing now to avert your professional life being disrupted by those changes?
Finally, believe in yourself, in your uniqueness and in your ability to change and bring new energy and meaning to your life.