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Be True to Yourself in the Work You Do

Be True to Yourself in the Work You Do

Are you fulfilled in your work? In order to be true to yourself at work, you have to be aware of how you work best. This clip will help you identify the core issue instead of focusing on the symptoms of an unfulfilling work environment.

If you want to be true to yourself (in work or in life), you have to be honest about what brings you fulfillment.

You may think the reason you don’t enjoy your job or career is because you don’t get along with your co-workers. Or maybe your boss is unpleasant. Perhaps you find the clients annoying to deal with.

It’s easy to blame others when you are unhappy.

I have discovered as a seasoned career coach that external problems on the career path or in the workplace are usually just symptoms of the real issue.

In order to be true to yourself in the workplace, a great question to ask yourself is,

“What about this situation is not working for me.”

And be diligent about looking within yourself for the answer instead of simply blaming it on the outer environment.

For instance, if you don’t get along with your co-workers, it could be because you work better independently.

Or maybe you simply don’t resonate with what you are doing, and so you don’t mesh with the people you work with.

Other internal reasons you may not enjoy your work include:

  • Your best skills are not needed in the job you do so you have put them on a shelf only to be used during your free time.
  • The hours you work don’t align with your natural rhythms.
  • You would rather be in a different department or position.
  • You prefer being behind the scenes instead of dealing directly with clients.

Whatever the case may be, it is so important to identify the qualities and circumstances that align with your work values, i.e., how you like to work, what brings you joy, your ideal work environment, and the gifts, talents, and skills you want to utilize in your work.

There’s nothing wrong with any of these things. No matter what your answers to those questions are, there’s a job or career that is a good fit for you.

So, the next time you feel the urge to complain to yourself, your spouse, or your friend about your co-workers (or any other external aspect of your work), remind yourself that it’s more important for you to acknowledge what circumstances allow you to be your best at work.

Asking yourself questions that help you discover the aspects of work that are in alignment with your truth is more constructive than simply complaining about things that are beyond your locus of control.



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