Friday, July 11, 2008

What's the meaning of it?

For most of us, work is a fact of life. Whether your paycheck helps care for a family, a home, tuition, or simply what you need to stay alive. But the issue there is if you are satisfied and rewarded in everything you do.

According to recent research, most of us also have conflicting feelings about our work. Over 84 percent of men and 77 percent of women say that, even if they had enough money to get by without working, they would continue to work because of the satisfaction it provides. But when these same people were asked if they would rather be doing something else at that moment, by far the largest number of “yes” answers came from those who were at work at the time.

This isn't exactly earth shattering news. Who doesn't know that it's more fun to do something pleasant, rather that something tedious that needs to be done? Or that succesfully finishing something helps you feel good about yourself? Life is about a choices. You can't have it all, can you?

But here's the real question: Is there a way to make the necessary-but-unpleasant things-we-have-to-do more enjoyable? If you discover how to do that, you’ve really hit the jackpot in terms of building the foundation for a satisfying and rewarding lifestyle.

All three of these characteristics—quality of attention, use of multiple skills and talents, and personal creativity and control—are involved in finding satisfaction and meaning in any kind of work. Doing work the same way you’ve done it a million times before is going to be less stimulating, less meaningful, and less rewarding than it could be.

If you want to make the things you need to do as satisfying as the things you like to do, find ways to personalize your efforts so that you are paying close attention to what you’re doing, using as many of your skills and abilities (including imagination) as you can, taking control of your own attitude, and being as creative as possible. The better you get at this, the more every action you take will contribute to your own satisfaction and happiness. And there you will say, "This is it, the real meaning of My Job Well Done... :)