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Treating EVERYDAY as your FIRST day

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

Is changing job the best option??

When times get tough we can often be distracted into thinking the grass is greener in the other field. We start looking at options to change jobs or career as we think that this will solve our immediate problem or make us happier. This distracts us with

· time wasted searching the jobs websites,

· updating CV’s,

· demotivates us from our present work,

· and more often than not it simply isn’t true.

Because if it were true nobody would change job. Think about it, if a new job solves all our problems then we would stay in that position for ever.

It just doesn’t work.

Of course, I am not saying you always need to stay where you are, never take new opportunities and promotions, and not look for betterment, I am simply saying that looking for a new job as a means to make you happy is not a long term strategy and will more likely only produce short term benefits.

We start a new job and are happy and excited for a while. We meet new people, learn new skills, everything is shiny, new and different. However, before long the doubts start to creep in, the feelings start to return, the stress starts to build as the honeymoon period of your probation, and being the new boy or girl is over.

You are no longer new, no longer a novelty.

You start to return to old habits and old thinking patterns. The work starts to pile up again, relationships start to suffer and so you start to look for a new job…..

What if you went into your current job as if today was your first day? Imagine the excitement, the challenges you want to overcome. Seeing everything fresh, with a fresh batch of new ideas and thoughts. Not overcome from past experience and negativity. Tell yourself, ‘what would I do if this was my FIRST day.’

Why not try it? Just for today.

Martyn Dawes is a Coach, Social Care Consultant, and Author of The Overwhelmed Manager: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

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