Sunday, May 1, 2011

Is Your Work Bringing You Down?

Many people I talk to feel stuck in jobs they don’t like. Many times it is because their job does not match their interests, skills or talents.  Working at a job you don’t like can cause stress, sadness, hopelessness, bitterness, resentment, anxiety and/or depression. Sound familiar?
These are all low energy emotions which not only cause you to feel down but they also damage your body. Research clearly indicates that for every thought, there is a physiological response. Research also shows the link between illness/disease and our emotions.  Since most of our lives are spent at work, we need to watch what we’re thinking and how we’re feeling when it comes to our work. We either need to change what we do or change how we think and feel about what we do if we are to be physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy.
One of my favourite authors is Louise L. Hay who is a best-selling author and founder of Hay House Publishing.  In her popular book, You Can Heal Your Life, she has a chapter on work.  I’d like to share with you some of her thoughts on how you can improve your work situation based on changing how you think.
First of all, if you’re looking to change jobs, begin by believing a new job is on the way. Release the belief that you are destined to be stuck in a job you don’t like. This isn’t true. Instead of thinking things will never change, continuously practice positive affirmations. If you truly want your life to change, make this part of your daily routine.
At first you may think this is silly and won’t do any good. But after time, these affirmations will work on your subconscious, and you will start to believe that anything is possible. Believing must happen before change can occur. You are the only one who can change your beliefs.
You need to believe you are worth it and that you deserve to have a career that you love. Many feel they aren’t good enough and that they aren’t that talented. That’s simply not true. Accepting yourself for who you are, flaws and all, must come before your life will transform. Remember this: we are all on a journey to become our best selves. No one is perfect. You deserve your ideal job as much as anyone else. You were born to use your gifts and talents in your true calling. Don’t let self-negating thoughts talk you out of your dreams.
Louise suggests writing out and reading these affirmations several times throughout the day.
“I am totally open and receptive to a wonderful new position, one that uses all my talents and abilities, and allows me to express creatively in ways that are fulfilling to me. I work with and for people whom I love and who love and respect me, in a wonderful location and earning good money.”
“There are people out there who are always looking for my services. I am always in demand and can pick and choose what I want to do.”
“My work is a joy and a pleasure. All is well in my world.”
“I’m deeply fulfilled by all that I do.”
In addition to repeating these work affirmations, Louise mentions the importance of expressing gratitude for your current job. She says, “Bless everything with love – the building, the elevators or stairs, the rooms, the furniture and equipment, the people you work for and the people you work with – and each and every customer.” Sending love instead of negativity causes situations to change for the better.
Also, remember this situation is only temporary; even though it may seem like nothing is happening, life is bringing you to where you need to be. This difficult experience is essential. All difficult situations are meant to teach you something. If you don’t learn the lesson where you are currently, you will be faced with the same scenario at another point in time until you learn the lesson.
Be open to the lesson and be open to change how you think and what you believe. As Louise states, “every thought we think is creating our future.” What kind of future do you want? Think carefully.

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