What do you enjoy about your work?

A career with feeling: Enjoyment in the job

Joy not only makes your private life more beautiful, but also your work. Joy even helps with your career because it motivates you. Those who have fun at work are not only more resilient, but are often rated better by their boss and colleagues.

Control feelings in the job

Whether or not you enjoy your job depends in large part on your attitude and how you manage the emotions that fuel your thoughts. It's not the conflict factors in the job themselves that hurt you. It is your way of reacting to it. But you can choose your reaction and influence your feelings. It is common to delegate responsibility for a certain behavior to one's feelings. The sentence “I can't help it that I feel this way” implicitly means that the other person or the circumstances force certain feelings on them.
At the next meeting, notice how much time is spent on stories in which the person speaking presents himself as a victim of his or her feelings; z. B. with the statement: "I simply overreacted in a certain situation and couldn't help it." You will probably be amazed at how many such sentences you will hear at once. And how much irresponsibility there is in it. The separation between thinking and feeling propagated in our culture does not correspond to our human experience. You cannot feel without thinking and you cannot think without feeling at the same time. The separation between head and stomach is popular, but not durable.

Colleagues and superiors answer differently

You shouldn't suppress your feelings in your professional life either. But you are just as responsible for your emotions as you are for your thoughts. Both are closely related. There is no difference between rational knowledge and emotional interpretation. You can influence your feelings by changing the quality of your consciousness, your thoughts. By answering in a different way. For example, if you were verbally attacked by an angry colleague, you could B. First of all, just perceive what is happening without relating it to you personally. Then you might ask yourself what the attack was causing and if it had anything to do with you at all. This is how you perceive your feelings, but you don't just give in to them. Only then do you decide on your answer. This could e.g. For example, you can ask your colleague what makes him angry.
Please check this thought carefully before rejecting it. It may be helpful to imagine that you may often react emotionally on a spontaneous basis. But soon you can - if you want to - step aside internally, observe yourself and, after this reflection, decide on your answer. It's easy to think, "Nobody is so important that the person is worth pissing off with."

Make you independent

The word "personal responsibility" shows: you answer. You answer your answer to yourself. This is the authority before which you are actually responsible for everything. Do not allow yourself to be dominated by what others think is right or wrong - often probably reflexively. Whoever becomes aware of his responsibility for the experience experiences himself as the creator of his life. Take back power. Empower yourself. This is the basic condition of excellence: when you answer to yourself for what you do; if you - at least approximately - don't care what others think of it. Otherwise you make yourself dependent on the vicissitudes of the other's raised or lowered thumb.

Passion as a success factor

For your success in your job it is important that you love your work with all your heart and that you are fully committed. What is meant here is made clear by a statement by Boris Becker. When he won the adverse US Open at Flushing Meadow early in his career (1989), he said in an interview: “You have to love this tournament if you want to win here. You have to love it in spite of the aircraft noise above you, you have to love it in spite of the hysterical spectators, in spite of the concrete boiler and in spite of the monkey heat. Just like Jimmy Connors loved for 18 years. If you can't love it, you'd better leave. ”You may be able to imagine better working conditions, but you can only be successful if you fully acknowledge the circumstances as part of your job, if you don't put any energy into whining. Energy that you might lack for success. That is the success factor: the ability to concentrate fully on the here and now and not to waste energy. Do something with all your heart. Also in a clear view of the things that are wrong. You might think, “I can't afford to lose this job.” But: work is fun or sick. If you don't love your job, you can't afford to keep it.

Insider tips for more fun at work

Just give it a try with specific tips for more fun at work: Be in a good mood, think and remember positively, be inspired by reading, for example, eat healthy, sleep regularly and do sports. You can find many more tips in the book "The Principle of Self-Responsibility: Ways to Motivation" by Reinhard K. Sprenger and on his website.

Jens Glende, business coach, trainer and author

Jens Glende offers coaching on career advice, development of potential and position assessment for young professionals. His clients include many (prospective) executives who have several years of professional experience and want to reorient themselves. Before working as a coach, Jens Glende worked in marketing at Henkel for 9 years and was a consultant for OSCAR. The 30-minute initial consultation is free of charge for squeaker.net members. Video coaching via Skype is also possible. Take advantage of Jens Glende's specialization in topics related to young professionals. Write an email to Jens Glende or visit his Semigator profile.

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