We are all unique; our ways of life vary; our challenges are different but the principle of happiness and general wellbeing remains the same;
“The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility or the Greatest Happiness Principles holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain; by unhappiness, pain and the privation of pleasure”
You are the dependent variable in your pursuit of happiness and excellence. It all depends on you;
Is the glass half full or half empty?
Your perception doesn’t just end as perceptions but have the ability to dictate your life path. Therefore, your wellbeing is indeed yours and in reality, nothing anyone does is enough to give you your desires……it is all inside of you. Perceptions can have powerful influences;
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”― Alphonse Karr
Enhance your wellbeing using the tips highlighted below.
Creating or finding meaning:
This just translates to finding purpose in what you do. A job is no longer a job when you identify the value you give as your contribution to enriching lives; finding the relationship or correlation between organisational purpose and your purpose will help you identify with the job as if it were a calling.
Finding meaning will not just help you identify with the job, it motivates you; it creates that personal connection between you and your role; you find yourself doing everything possible to drive the organisation and to ensure organisational goals are met.
“The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.”– Michel de Montaigne
How do you find or create meaning in a job?
To find or create meaning for your job, you must first understand you values, purpose and character strengths and weaknesses. Identifying your values, purpose and strengths or weaknesses will help you understand yourself better; and it is by understanding what you stand for and against that will help you align with what you do. Secondly, ask yourself some pertinent questions, like, “what am I really here for?” Answer this question as sincerely as possible. Thirdly, how loyal are you to yourself? Are you the kind that gives up easily? Identify your weaknesses and turn them into strengths; for it is in achieving that you become better motivated.
Achieving sustainable growth
I find wellbeing through my achievements at work; and tend to do more and sacrifice more when I see that my contribution makes sense; I believe this also applies to you. Getting things done and seeing progress makes us feel good and happy. I don’t think there is any one who feels bad and unexcited when they achieve a milestone. The secret to having a fulfilled job is always putting yourself in the path of self-development, making growth your personal assignment, challenging yourself to be a better person, employee and colleague; help others at work achieve their goals. Helping others to achieve their objectives gives you a sense of purpose and helps you grow.
“We rise by lifting others.”
Make it a point of duty to develop relationship requisite skills like emotional intelligence, self-awareness and respect, awareness and respect for others and listening and questioning skills. These skills are crucial in building and nurturing healthy relationships in and outside the workplace.
A workplace where healthy relationships thrive is a strong and undefeated workplace.
Nurturing relationships in the workplace is crucial to employee wellbeing. It is said “your mind is where your treasure is”, hence when you build healthy relationships in your workplace, you find going to work most fulfilling. The workplace is where you spend most of your active hours; therefore, build and nurture healthy relationships that will make you more fulfilled and productive. You don’t want to be known as the grouchy or grumpy colleague or employee; in recent times, organisations put the onus on all employees to be friendly to one another and clients while maintaining the ethical boundaries as stipulated by the organisation. Business managers encourage friendliness because they understand the principle behind happy employees and customers.
Life No Balance, a common saying; underscores the changing nature of life. The change may be positive or negative, thus, accentuating the need to build resilience.
Resilience is one of the most important virtues to build especially in our changing world. You must be flexible and adaptable to change to successfully navigate the golden tar or mucky waters of life.
“Life isn’t about the number of ups and downs that you experience, but how you deal with them.”― Frank Sonnenberg
To build resilience, practice mediations and mindfulness; be open and flexible to change and choose wisely how you will want to live your life.
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