Lacking Meaning and Joy in Your Career

When we reach this point in our career it’s usually not a pretty picture. Everything looks negative and this can lead to our being not much fun to be around either at work or on the home front. We can find our family and colleagues losing interest in what we have to say, and tuning us out. 

In my own case, I was fortunate that a co-worker was very direct with me saying, “Your grumbling is a pain.  If it’s so bad here why don’t you just leave?” (thanks Patty) Her direct approach was just what I needed. I went home that night with a lot of new thoughts swirling.  She shook me out of a negative rut and I was finally able to decide what I really wanted.


Changing negative emotions is often very difficult to do without others’ help. Recently, I stumbled on a very helpful technique described in Esther and Gerry Hicks‘ book “The Amazing Power of Emotions – Let Your Emotions Be Your Guide“. Choosing to reframe slightly so that it feels just a bit better, and repeating the process till it’s over. Of course this is an over simplification, but you get the idea.

Is there someone in your work place that needs a direct shake up and some help getting past negative emotions? Do them a favour!

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