Are You In The Wrong Job? Ask Yourself These 7 Key Questions:Written by Michael Spremulli
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself if you are in wrong job? Too many times people go to school, get a job in their chosen field and end up spending bulk of their adult working life feeling miserable. Here are seven questions to get you thinking about how well-matched you are to your current job.
Do you look forward to Monday morning? I know that this may sound crazy, but hear me out. Of course every job has times when you wish you could be somewhere else. There is no such thing as perfect job. Realize, however, that people who find their job fulfilling and rewarding look forward to beginning their workweek. This is not because they are crazy, it’s because they become energized when working in an environment that is a good match for them. Do you find it easy to get along with coworkers? Whenever you get a team of people working together there is bound to be some type of conflict from time to time. The question then becomes, how often do you find yourself "locking horns" with your co-workers? If you find yourself fighting with team members on a regular basis, it may mean that you are working in an emotionally toxic environment, or your coworkers are not communicating effectively with you, or you are not effectively communicating with your coworkers, or a combination of all of these. Have you noticed that you are taking more personal and sick days than when you first started work? Are you burning up your sick and annual leave faster than you can accrue it? Think back to when you first started at your current job. How often did you take sick and annual leave compared to now? If you have noticed an increase, ask yourself why. You might be tempted to say that you are taking more time off now because you earn more or because of your seniority -- these are not valid reasons. I’m sure you know someone at your company who has been there for less time than you and has built up hundreds of hours of leave time. A potential “red flag” is when you have an extremely limited amount of release time on books. Are you performing tasks that you enjoy and come naturally to you? Are you a "people person" but your job has you locked in a cubicle analyzing stacks of data? Do you like to meticulously plan your work day, but find that you are constantly having to cast your plans into wind and manage continual crises? These are just two examples of many potential situations where you might be in an environment that is a poor match for way that you prefer to behave.
Self-Acceptance, Growth and LearningWritten by Robert Elias Najemy
Self-Acceptance, Growth and Learning
Robert Elias Najemy
Many people believe that they must be dissatisfied with themselves, or that they must reject themselves, or feel guilt or shame in order to have a motive for self-improvement or growth. They wonder, «If I accept and love myself as I am, what motive will I have for continuing to change, grow or improve? "
Accepting ourselves, as we are, is not a deterrent to continuing our efforts to learn, grow and improve ourselves. We can easily accept ourselves and still continue to improve our character and increase our knowledge.
The First Grader
Perhaps example of children in grade school will help us to understand this. These children in first grades of grade school do not reject themselves because they are not in a higher grade, or because they do not know as much, or are not as capable as those children in higher grades. They accept themselves as they are, and are happy with themselves with their present level of abilities and knowledge.
Yet, no child would accept remaining in same grade next year or year after year.
In same way, there is no conflict between accepting and feeling comfortable with our temporarily limited abilities and lower level of conscious, and our need to continue growing. It is natural to accept and love ourselves at his present stage of growth and simultaneously to attend to learning, evolving and improving ourselves