If you’ve reached a point in your job—whether you’re self-employment or working for someone else—where you’re physically clocked in but mentally clocked out, it’s time you made some changes. But first it helps to pinpoint exactly what’s holding you back.
In a recent Forbes.com article, author David K. Williams asks “Are You Clocked in but Checked out at Work? Answer Three Simple Questions.” With his three questions you can determine exactly where your enthusiasm has gone:
- Do you look forward to the start of each day as an opportunity to learn, create, and serve at work?
- Do you seek out opportunities to contribute beyond our basic job description?
- Do you complete the workday with a sense of contentment, knowing that you gave it your all and now you can rest, reflect, recharge, refuel, and look forward to doing it all over again the following day?
If you answer “no” to any of the above questions, it’s time to take action and make a change. Williams suggests three things you can do to become more engaged. Here we share two of his tips:
1. Focus the majority of your time and energy on what uplifts and inspires you. Motivational speaker Chad Hymas suggests that we spend only 1% of our time focusing on our weaknesses or challenges. The rest of our time should be spend developing our talents and abilities as they contribute to our current situation.
2. Make a commitment to spend time every day discovering what your true purpose is. When you discover what your life purpose it, you can become happier and more engaged in daily activities that help you advance that purpose. Lei Pakalani, another motivation speaker, talks about how purpose and happiness align for her: “It’s true that the happier you are with who you are and what you’ve become, the easier it is to celebrate, build, love, and serve others around you. You find that you are secure enough to live and love big. You discover that making others happy brings greater satisfaction. You look outward for opportunities to give of yourself. You become confident enough to not let the petty, mundane, and unimportant things matter, and then you radiate peace in your actions, relationships, and faith. It is a blessed life, indeed. I choose happy!”
You are the architect of your professional future. The longer you spend disengaged from your career, the more difficult it will be to put it back on track. Take steps to clock back in, today!
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Williams, David K. “Are You Clocked in but Checked out at Work? Answer Three Simple Questions.” 2 July 2014 Forbes.com