The corporate workplace can be both unfair and cruel but at the same time exciting and bursting with so much life. Contrary to what you believe, there’s more to professional careers than just endless survival and brutal competition. The more you learn to sit back, relax, and just let excellence autograph your work, the less you’ll hate how mundane and trivial it becomes. Take these small steps to changing how you perceive your professional life and you’ll be surprised at how light and less stressful it becomes.
- Start your day with a smile. Yesterday might have been hard for you but you can make today different. Look into the mirror and tell yourself with a smile that you are wonderful and strong. Rise early so you don’t get caught in the traffic. Doing so with tremendously take off the stress of fighting your way to securing that FX. The less stressed-out you are, the more you perform your job well.
Do what you love. Do not get stuck doing something you don’t love. If you don’t like your work schedule, change it. If you don’t like the people you work with, leave them. If you can’t stand your boss, find a new one. Start doing what you really love and stop wasting time thinking about whether you should stay or go. The sooner you start looking for that one thing you like doing, the sooner you’ll find it.
Learn to say NO. You do not have to reply to those email messages from random people in the office. You don’t have to join them to lunch or go with them on an all-nighter during the weekend. Do not be afraid to say NO. The less people you try to please by saying YES all the time, the happier you will be.
Move on. So what if you’ve been passed on for that promotion. So what if your office crush is dating someone from your department. So what if your colleagues made it their hobby to talk about you behind your back? There is nothing you can do about that now and the most sensible thing to do is to just move on. Life is too precious to waste on the could haves – focus on the future.
Give time for yourself. You can never know what true happiness is unless you find it in yourself. We all need that “me” time. Stop what you are doing and go on a vacation. Go to the beach or watch a movie. Give yourself time to reconnect to your old hobbies, old friends you have not talked to in ages, or even the family you’ve lost touch with in years. The only way for you to further your professional life is when you don’t lose sight of things that matter – friends, families, and the things you love doing.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is you live life the way you want it. Your professional life is your own choice and how you want it to be is well within your control. Do not be afraid to take that leap of faith. Trust in yourself and your talents – they’ll help you go places.