You have more power than you think

Do we all love our jobs 100% of the time? Raise your hand if you do. Everyone else — this article is for you.

You can complain, or you can act

Whether you are at 10 or at 90%, the power to love your job lies with you. You have a choice. And it doesn’t have to involve handing in your resignation.

You have the power

It’s you who shapes your job. It’s important to acknowledge that, and the power and freedom that come with it.

What you can do:

  • Focus most of your time on the activities that you like best and streamline all other activities. Try to do them as quickly and efficiently as possible or delegate where you can, to spend the largest part of your time on the things you do like.
  • Make sure to share the success of the projects you want more of to everyone. This will help position you among your colleagues as the go to person on that subject. Do more of the work you want to get, and let everyone know of your results whenever you’ve completed it successfully.

Next time you’re in doubt, ask yourself: Is it you who makes the job or does the job make you?

Go beyond

If it’s not in your job description, it doesn’t mean you cannot do it. It just means you shouldn’t do it all the time.

What you can do:

  • Do you like writing but your job is to brief a copywriter to do it for you? Brief her, but write one yourself. And see which one your manager picks. One day, it will be yours.
  • Do you like training but your job is all about data? Find the colleagues who need to understand what you do. Give a training on your subject matter.
  • Are you an assistant who one day dreams of being what your boss is now? She surely needs help with a presentation or two. Get in those meetings, even if all you do is note taking. Soak up that knowledge. You’ll one day put it to good use.
  • Anything that you are, anything that you do, don’t stop yourself from being just a little bit more of who you want and doing a little more of what you want. You need to believe it yourself first before anyone else does.

If you’re not where you want to be, it doesn’t mean you never will. It just means you still need to get there.

Can you stop delivering on your objectives and do a completely different job than what is expected of you? Of course not. But if you continue to perform plus create additional value for your company by adding a bit of your flavour to the mix, who can be unhappy with that?

Perception and reality are two different things

The thing is, you have more power than you think. To shape your role and let it shape you in return. To enjoy as much of it as you can. To learn. To grow. To become a better person.

Use it.

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