Doing the Job

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”      ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love your job?

Many people come to me for coaching when they want to change jobs but don’t know what they want to do next.  There’s a wonderful process we go through to find the right job for them and I’ll share with you the first step.  The beauty of it is that it works whether you want to change jobs or whether you want to enjoy the job you’re in more.

Here it is: Do the job you are in well.

Often what we want to get away from is not in the job, but is buried in our own bad habits which we pack up and take with us, creating the same problems over and over again where ever we go.

Look at your job.  Where are the problems?

You’re overwhelmed?
Do you have a plan?
Have you listed your priorities?

Gossip in the office?
Do you contribute?
Have you declared yourself a gossip free zone?

Do you take on too much? (Try under promising and over delivering).
Do you breakdown big jobs into doable pieces?

Do you schedule time each week specifically to organize?
Have you taken the time to put the systems in place that support you?

Do you think you have to do it or it doesn’t get done right?
Have you taken care of all of the above?

Look honestly at your job.  How many of the problems are preventable? How many have you created yourself? The way we graduate from one grade to the next is to learn what’s in front of us and do it well, it’s also the way to earn a promotion.

Whether or not this is the perfect job for you, you can take pride in doing a job well.  Feel what it feels like to do a good job.  Its the best way I know to take the next step towards a job that’s good for you.



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