Life is full of ups and downs, highs and lows. What keeps everything in relative order though, is how you handles those downs and lows. Perception is key to any challenging situation. Your thoughts surrounding it, the degree of which you dwell on something, and your ability to keep moving ahead in spite of everything is what will make all the difference.
Case in Point: A friend of mine (we’ll call her Kathy) recently got promoted at her company – an advertising agency she was itching to leave for the longest time. Although the company was thriving, she had been unhappy for years because of a lack of growth and stagnation.She was looking to flourish in her career as an advertiser, but after years of being bogged down with other menial tasks, unrelated to her profession, her motivation was virtually at a standstill and she found herself going into work almost everyday with the personality of a deflated balloon.
That’s when she knew something had to change, and fast.
Getting a new job was going to be a daunting task – especially with how volatile the job market can be. Of course, nothing is impossible once you put your mind to it, but at the same time, there was no guarantee that the grass would be any greener on that side either.
What she continuously struggled with in pursuing change at her current company was the toxic environment and the unwavering resistance to change. In this day and age, you will not survive if you are not adaptable to the continuous changes in business operations and technology. She knew deep down that if she could just get management on their toes to really drive some type of forward-thinking change, that maybe, just maybe, it might be exactly what she was looking for.
And it was.
Positive change only comes with determination and action. And the parties involved need to band together to foster that change – otherwise it’s just another case of good old lip service.
In Kathy’s case, the change was made a reality by a very candid, direct, and much-needed conversation with management where they finally delivered by not only promising change, but implementing it right away. They finally showed Kathy how much they valued her. New people were hired to offload the clerical work and a redefined job role allowed Kathy to finally focus on work that more succinctly illustrated her true talent and capabilities.
Suddenly this burst of motivation and enthusiasm came flooding back in her and she felt completely rejuvenated. Never in a million years would she have thought that that feeling would come from her existing company – the one she was so eager to depart from. Now she is happier than ever and actually feels as though she is really adding value as a professional to the organization, and as a result, her relationship with management has also strengthened. This just goes to show you that reinforcing your self-worth, a refreshed outlook and a drive for positive change can truly make a difference.