Why are you working?
As we move towards the busy Xmas period of 2018 and 2019 summer holidays in New Zealand, many people will be feeling the pressure of never-ending to do lists at work, the overwhelm of ensuring that products are available on shelves for customers to purchase supported by the right promotional material, and those working within businesses that generate a significant proportion of their annual revenue during the summer months are preparing for the onslaught of customers.
On top of all this we are often also organising personal plans for upcoming festivities, school holidays, summer adventures and running between social functions.
It’s often this time of the year when the pressure gets really intense, with the new year already in sight when people start to reassess the where, for/with whom and doing what elements of their jobs where they currently spend a significant proportion of their lives, and make decisions to look for something new.
But as part of this job assessment, how often do we take the opportunity to assess why we are working? The quick response to the question of why is often simply financial remuneration. In exchange for the services, hours and value people provided to businesses, they are rewarded with money – which facilitates other areas of our lives. But does money really generate feelings of personal fulfillment? We can all earn money in a myriad of ways, so why have we chosen the jobs we currently have, what are our underlying drivers?
If we take a moment to be curious about what lies beneath our approach to working (the why), we can then understand what is driving our current patterns of behaviour (the how) which directly impact the job decisions that we make, which show up as the where, for/with whom and doing what.
When we focus on the where, for/with whom and doing what we are really just looking at symptoms rather than the root cause of the motivation for changing jobs. It’s much comfortable from a personal perspective to be able to point at something or someone in our external environment as the cause of our internal state, than to explore why we are actually experiencing feelings of discontentment and a desire for change.
As an example, if we take the opportunity to explore why we are triggered by the approach or actions of our boss or colleague(s), we may find that we are directing a judgement towards them based upon an unconscious belief about ourselves that we developed in early childhood.
When we are operating from our unconscious belief programmes, then we find the same pattern of circumstances continue to appear in our lives, such as another opponent to battle with, physical symptoms and emotional burnout, people pleasing by saying yes to things we don’t want to take on or feeling undervalued when we don’t step forward and speak up for ourselves.
The approach that if you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten rings very true here. If you look at your CV and your reasons for changing jobs previously, can you see a pattern?
So this year, why not be brave, did deep and take the opportunity to explore why you are working the way you currently are at our What Are You Missing – 1 Day Personal Immersion
Because when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.