Find a way to bring YOU to your job
baranq/Shutterstock They hired you for a reason. There were other candidates, other options, but they chose you. Why? Why were you a good fit for the job? Let’s identify what it was that they liked about you.
You accepted the job for a reason. Why? There are lots of jobs out there; why did you choose this one? You have choices in life…why did you make this one?
Now that we’ve identified why they liked you and why you liked them, let’s hope we can find the place where these two circles intersect. That’s what you can bring you to your job.
Have you ever been on a train or a plane where the person doing the announcements just goes the extra mile to make it fun? I had a flight attendant once who had to be part comedian. He had us all laughing when he read through that ordinary emergency plan information. He made it his own, and he entertained us.
He may have originally taken the position hoping to find that place where he could shine, where he could entertain. And he nailed it.
Aila-Images/Shutterstock Excellence is its own reward. Competence is satisfying, but excellence is taking it to another level. Putting on a terrific outfit. Having a fresh manicure and haircut. Doing it right.
I was recently at jury duty, and my day was made by one of the men working the desk. When it was my turn to sign in, he just had the biggest smile, a warm welcome, and he took the time to say something nice.
Talk about a ho-hum job: This guy is processing hundreds of people every day who’ve been called to jury duty in Newark, NJ, right outside of job-centric New York City. This is a seriously cranky crowd, but this guy flips those frowns upside down instantly with his professionalism and joie de vivre.
If he can do it, you can too. (Here’s how to be happier at work.) He feels good, he seems good, and he’s able to turn the mood of the room by spending a couple moments with each person and acting like they are the highlight of his day.
Excelling in and of itself is satisfying. As it is said, “a job worth doing is worth doing well.” How can you bring excellence to your job?
Identify what works
Fuyu liu/Shutterstock I have a client who is a mechanical engineer. She doesn’t like it, never has. She earns a great living, but hates the work; she literally forces herself to do it, and as a result isn’t that good at it. (These are the signs you’re in the wrong career.)
However, she loves communicating and planning. She loves project managing, ensuring all members of the team are aligned to the common goal and working towards it.
Recently, while plotting her departure, she had the opportunity to take on a management role. This would give her more time to manage, less time to do the engineering work. And as you may have guessed, she loves it. She gets the engineering, she’s just not as passionate about it as she is about project managing and people managing. This small shift in her responsibilities has filled her sails; she’s excited to go to work and looking into management training programs with her company.
Plus, her company has excellent benefits and work/life balance programs. All of this is much easier to see and appreciate now that she’s been able to identify the parts of the work that she enjoys, and lean into them.