You know the subway-to-office grumble session? The fire that rises in your chest when you get an email from that co-worker who just rubs you the wrong way? The nights you’ve cried yourself to sleep because what you do during the day bears no resemblance the life of which you dream? Your life can change right now. And you don’t even have to get a new job. All you need are three simple practices to boost your career karma.
Why is this important? By taking on the repair of your own career karma you’re admitting that your life is a series of cause and effect. In short, what you give is what you get. The fact that you are the cause, in a sense, of your own discomfort might seem overwhelming. Resist the urge to beat yourself up. And consider this great news. Your life is in your hands. You create your circumstances, positive or negative, so it’s within your power to improve your situation, right now.
Here are three ways you can start feeling better on the job and begin freeing yourself to do the work you know you are meant for.
Do you have entire arguments in your head before you’re even confronted? Have you convinced yourself that you work harder than everyone else and that you don’t get the recognition or support you deserve? Whether these or other quasi-poisonous thoughts like them have crossed your mind, you’re probably knee-deep in resentment at work. Think about all the anger you’re holding. Each one of your resentments is binding you to the person you’re hating on. That’s not what you want, is it? In fact, you probably are aiming for the opposite effect. You want to move freely. You want to release yourself from what’s binding you to a situation you don’t like. To start the unshackling process, bring on the forgiveness. Write a letter of forgiveness to the person who wronged you. (Then burn it.) Forgive yourself for your (probably) repeated angry and resentful thoughts. Forgive yourself every time those thoughts come up. If you find yourself unable to forgive right off the bat, don’t sweat it. Just tell yourself you’re willing to forgive.
Let’s face it: there’s a lot about your job, your office, and the corporate culture you’d probably like to change. But if you find yourself complaining without taking any action, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. What can you do to change the things you find yourself complaining about over and over again? Taking a step, even a tiny one, to improve your circumstances will make you feel really powerful. While your ability to effect change in the workplace may be somewhat limited, your ability to effect change in your own mind is limitless. How can you look at your situation differently? How is your current situation preparing you for what’s to come? Finally, find ways to inject a little more contentment into your everyday. Find an empty office and sit in a five-minute meditation. Make sure you get outside for a little bit each day. Have a conversation with a work friend during which you avoid complaining or gossip. Change the things you cannot accept and accept the things you cannot change. Then go about making yourself happy.
Find ways to be of service:
The last career karma booster is developing a perception that your work is of service to yourself, others or to the world. We can’t all be doing work that will save the world. But, you can shift your perspective to uncover ways you are being of service every day. This will increase your satisfaction at work. And it will give your career karma a serious boost. Think about the people you work with. When you decide to do the best job you can, you’re being of service. When you decide to adopt a positive perspective, your clients will feel more confident. You’ll be doing them a service. When you decide to be the light in your workplace, you’re serving yourself, those you work with and everyone else with whom you connect. And you the far-reaching impact of that is profound.
Taking these steps to improve your career karma will serve you. It will set you free. And it will improve the lives of everyone around you.
This article was written by guest contributor Amanda Berlin. Amanda Berlin is a professional writer and coach. Her work has appeared in Forbes.com, Teen Identity Magazine, VolunTourism.org, and she’s written extensively for corporate America. Amanda is an American Council on Exercise-certified fitness professional. She is enrolled in the Coaching for Transformation program by Leadership That Works, at the Open Center in New York City. Visit amandaberlin.com for more.
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