Tis’ the Season
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, rate yourself on these questions…
(I rate myself a __________).
…Or are you struggling with this holiday season?
What’s your current status?
Are you are unemployed…recently downsized, your company headquarters moved or health issues prompted your resignation?
Are you underemployed…not getting enough hours or pay at your job with no upcoming prospects of change?
When you are out of work for any period of time, your attitude can be the first thing that goes awry. With unemployment being at an all-time low, you may have work; however, you may be underemployed and not earning enough to meet your monthly financial commitments.
These scenarios often bring stress. Instead of Christmas being a grateful, generous and joyous season, you are experiencing anxiety, anger, fear, disappointment. These emotions can lead to limiting beliefs and attitudes that ultimately limit your career growth.
You are unfulfilled? …. What?
People may say, “How can you be unfulfilled when there are people unemployed and underemployed?” or “You should consider yourself blessed, lucky, or fortunate to have a job.”
You are not alone
Let me be the first to say, I understand. You are not alone.
As a matter of fact, Gallup workplace engagement research from 2017 shows that about 70% of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs. (Source: Gallup)
Personally, I have worked and served in areas of industry and even ministry where I was unfulfilled. I was fired up for a time and somehow, someway, and even on some days, I lost the joy, excitement, and enthusiasm for the work that I got to do. Yes, “got” to do because none of our work is guaranteed. We “get” to do the work, but that’s for another blog post. 🙂
Being unfulfilled means you have work; however, you are not thriving in it. You are missing the fulfillment you once had or never had it at all. In your job, career or business, you are wondering if this year will be the same as last year. You see the new year as gray skies with a shade of bleak. This outlook or poor attitude is a choice. Another year in a place you don’t enjoy, work that, to you, defines drudgery. With a bleak outlook, it is hard to reap any rewards from the blood, sweat, and tears you may be pouring out.
You get to choose a positive path or a negative path. We all do. We are all unique, but choice is the same for all of us. We “get to” choose.
You’ve got the power
So, are you are unemployed, underemployed, or unfulfilled and are asking yourself, “What do I do with my power to choose?”
Choosing is powerful.
So, it’s time to choose to:
- See yourself as God sees you … as His masterpiece created for good works.
- Believe that there are purpose and plans for your life; you have what you need to start no matter your current season.
- Seek to serve others first no matter your employment status.
- Build and carry momentum carrying through Christmas and into the new year.
Action brings clarity.
So, get clear using these tools:
Your winning attitude
Yes, you have one. A winning attitude is inside you and you have the power to choose to use it. Just by reading so far you may have already had a mind shift.
So, rate yourself again on the following questions..
Are you experiencing the Christmas spirit?
(I rate myself a __________)?
Are you sharing the Christmas spirit?
(I rate myself a __________)?
You are now ready to receive the joy of the Christmas season and the blessed hope that comes with the new year!
By the way, Do you lead your organization, teams or individuals at work?
If so, this post may help you lead them well. Consider sharing this content with them. Not simply forwarding. but an opportunity to lead them in a conversation about their power to choose. Your leadership in this area will bless them, your organization and most of all, you.
It will be a great Christmas gift! 🙂 You will be living out the Christmas Spirit at Work!
As a leader, if you would like to chat about how I can help you serve and grow your team, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org