Updated: Mar 29
When we refer to someone enjoying something, we usually create a mental image of this dude laughing uncontrollably, or with a smile from ear to ear, hi five-ing all random people that pop into his way.
However, this is not the kind of enjoyment that we refer to in this space. This is not wrong though, and this could be you if this kind of things fit your personality, which is awesome. But the point is that enjoyment comes in many different ways, and you do not necessarily need to be that way to become a person that enjoys their life. And let's also add to that, that someone acting that way, is not necessarily having the enjoyment that we will talk about here.
So what kind of enjoyment at work are we talking about?
Enjoying our work in a sustainable way, means having a good relationship with all aspects of our working life. This is, having a healthy relationship with the decisions we make, with the shitty mistakes that we all make, with the stressful deadlines, with the people that we are not even close to liking, among so many other.
More importantly, enjoying our work means having a healthy balance when it comes to the emotions that conquer our inner world.
I am not here to fool anyone saying that work is easy, and neglecting the fact that going to the office and working 8 hours a day can be VERY tough. It is hard, it is exhausting, and it is stressful, regardless of the fact that you like or dislike many of the tasks that you perform.
Having said that, facing tough situations does not have to be a nightmare. The mindset with which we approach the different circumstances that we end up in, is a key factor in the way in which we will later perform.
So even though walking through the office with a killing smile, making jokes to everybody and jiggling in every corner sounds very charming, we have to face the fact that we are human beings. Some days we will actually manage to do this, and other days, we will simply not feel like it.
What I am trying to tell you here, is that it is not about putting a facade to show other people how confident and happy you are. It is about building a trust and confidence within yourself so strong, that on the crappiest day, the feeling of disappointment that part of you feels, is quickly dismissed by another part of you that knows better. A part of you that sees the win in what you are going through, and who is capable to stand up again and again, knowing that it's not over until it's over.
Enjoying work is a lot deeper than it sounds. Enjoying your work means seeing your days with a pair of eyes that will give you the perspective that you need, to feel that what you are doing is worth it.
Rocking your office days is truly not about looking all put together for other people. Rocking your office days means building such a powerful relationship with yourself, that what others perceive, adopts a lower level of importance.
At the same time, being at peace with who you are, your decisions and your performance, will allow you to relate in a more genuine way with the people around you, and you will indeed feel that they see you in the way you want them to see you,