There’s a quote out there that states, “If you like what you do, then you’ll never work a day in your life.” We think the root of this statement is based off of finding purpose and happiness within your work. It’s easy to correlate the relationship between doing things that make you happy and the […]
The Pursuit of Happiness (at Work)
There's a quote out there that states, "If you like what you do, then you'll never work a day in your life." We think the root of this statement is based off of finding purpose and happiness within your work. It's easy to correlate the relationship between doing things that make you happy and the positive impact you'll have on the company; individuals who understand and embrace their purpose are more likely to have more initiative and creativity when they take on a project.
We believe that people can (and should) find purpose in anything they do! Here are four simple ways to discover your work's valuable impact:
1. Have a mantra. Write a vision for yourself and know what drives you. In a work environment this can also be called a "Mission Statement." Think about your organization's objectives as you move through this process. Ask yourself, "Why am I part of this team?" and "What am I doing to help move things along?"
2. Align your goals. Have personal goals that align with the big picture of your organization; this will directly help you create a sense of purpose and belonging at work. The first step to aligning your goals is to fully understand what your organization's strategy really is (this may require you to do some research); understand how to connect your work with the short-term and long-term goals of your team.
3. List your strengths. If you're having difficulty listing strengths on your own, ask your team members to help you. Sometimes an outside perspective on "what you're good at" can be very helpful. After you've discovered your strengths, find ways to incorporate your strengths with the tasks that you do on a daily basis. This will put you in a very productive state and time will seem to slip away when you're at work.
4. Don't let intimidation hold you back. Often times, people can be intimidated of a situation because they don't think they possess the skills or academic credentials to move forward. The honest truth is that every work environment needs people from different walks of life with different skill sets. Your value may come from your experience, or your ability to get things done or your talent to effectively communicate any message to anyone.
When it comes to happiness at work, the biggest obstacle and the most valuable tool you possess happen to be the same thing- your mind. Often times, before a Drum Cafe West corporate event, we will observe skeptical or averse individuals within the group of attendees. They are probably thinking, "How will banging on some drums help us become a better team?" Thirty minutes later, the “skeptic” has made the choice to open their mind to something new and something amazing has happened. They are strong, engaged in activity and working with their teammates to create something beautiful and powerful! This is proof that the simple act of being at your best will help you contribute at your best.
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