When you like what you are doing in life, everything flows
There is a wonderful quote from Aristotle that says: "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." If you repeat that statement over and over again you begin to realize the honesty in that statement. All human beings thrive when they are happy and engaged in something that brings them pleasure or contentment. If we are not happy with our job or the environment in which we live, our depleted attitude is revealed in everything that we do and too often we are not aware of that fact. According to an employee satisfaction survey, less than 50 percent of the employees are satisfied with their job and this goes across the wide spectrum of age groups from under 25 years old to over 65 years old.
This revelation certainly leads one to believe that most people are not fulfilled in their life's work and unfortunately most of those people perform under the satisfactory level of their employers. I believe I can honestly say therefore that no one is winning in this scenario and that is unfortunate. Employee satisfaction at work has decreased significantly over the last twenty years and certainly the weak economy has dampened people's motivation and attitudes.
While many people are not satisfied with their jobs or the quality of their lives, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy for many because they have lost their motivation and therefore are often not engaged. While this is a problem for many businesses who want their employees to be conscientious and take responsibility for their work seriously, it most definitely is a two way street. There is no question that the employer needs to provide an atmosphere that is conducive for its member to thrive, it is equally important for the individual worker to show up, be present and put in a full days work for a full days pay.
In my experience with hiring people, I have discovered that while some are truly and genuinely superb at what they do and take a sincere interest in the company, many others have only one goal in mind, to get by. It is usually those individuals who really do not care about their work sufficiently to perform at their best that we are speaking about. Those are the ones who are unhappy with life in general and as a result, their job gets in the way of their mindset which is to get paid and go have fun.
Attitude, attitude, attitude is the driver behind this entire problem. When people are happy, their
performance is higher so it stands to reason that we need to make the people happy. Unfortunately the root of this dilemma is more about asking the question: what will motivate Joe or Sally to have a positive attitude about not only their work but their lives so they will function at a higher level of energy and therefore achieve more for themselves in their lives.
Wow! That is a huge mouth full but if understood and believed, it would most certainly help change the culture that has been developing over the last 20 years.
�� We need to place greater attention placed on teaching people how to find the source of what drives them.
�� We need more resources given to the very young so they can from an early age develop good habits with their sense of worth, motivation and self-discipline. This does not necessarily require more money, but simply a shift in attitudes and beliefs.
�� We need greater emphases on the word responsibility and how individuals can and should take greater responsibility over their lives because when they do, their outcomes improve.
"A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes."-- Mahatma Gandhi
"The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude."-- Charles R. Swindoll
Joan Marie Ambrose