Category Archives: Work/Career

Work Attitude

Major Clue for employee: Poor attitude can come from places other than work. Major Clue for employer: You can’t change people’s home life, but it’s to every employers best advantage to make the atmosphere inside the workplace a fun one. – Jeffrey Gitomer

Work is a common excuse for why people have poor attitudes. First, nothing causes your attitude problem. It’s a choice. Making that choice removes your ability to control your life because you have given someone else that power.

I think if you take the attitude of making the workplace more fun, then everyone benefits. It’s important to understand how much you as an individual can have a positive effect on the people around and the workplace in general. You don’t have to be the supervisor, manager or boss.

I try really hard to have a good time at work. The first thing I did was to find something I enjoy doing. That’s a great start, but it’s not necessary. Secondly, I take the time to smile at people, have conversations in person instead of email and generally be upbeat for the majority of my time at work. Third, I constantly find the humor in every situation and many times make a joke to get people laughing. I find that the more serious others are, the more impromptu jokes come out of my mouth. When people laugh, relaxation follows almost immediately.

Help yourself and your workplace by working on your “work” attitude. The day will seem to fly if you do this.

Michael

One Month Later

It’s been four weeks since I started my new contract at my old place of work. It was a little surreal at first, but that quickly faded. As I reconnected with old work friends and got into the “grove” of my new contract, it became even more relaxing.

Getting this contract seemed almost effortless and the work has been interesting. In fact, it will get even more interesting after I finish up with the planning phases of what I’m managing. This particular consulting contract is fulfilling all my expectations which is a wonderful thing.

You never know where good things will come from. The “universe” has a lot options. I think the options are unlimited. I also think it’s difficult sometimes for us to understand the limitless possibilities that surround our lives. We tend to get stuck in a handful of options and limit ourselves in that fashion.

It’s good to keep an open mind and not plan every single detail. Many times, it’s best to let the details work themselves out without your intervention. When you relax and let that happen, things just seem to all come together. I see this every week now, but it still fascinates me.

I can’t wait to see what the next month brings. I’m thinking it’s gotta be good.

Have a great day!

Michael

Last Day

Ahhhhhh. Today was the last day at a contract I’ve been working on since February 2009. I enjoyed the contract and met several new friends. The work wasn’t typically what I do, but it was interesting and my output was beneficial to the people I was working for.

One of the things I love about the work I do is that it has a definite beginning and ending. Then, I move on to the next job. I like that as it never gets boring and my interest level stays high.

I really love the ending part and the start of the new job. It is very satisfying to complete something and very exciting to start something new. It’s funny. Normally I would want to take a few days off before starting a new job, but this time is different. I feel completely relaxed and not burned out. I think that comes from working at what you love to do. It makes a huge difference and I love the freedom of working for myself.

June 1st is the start of the next adventure. I’m looking forward to it.

Michael

Winding Down

I have seven working days left until I move to my next contract job. It can be challenging sometimes when you are at the end of a chapter and about to start a new one. It’s like being in limbo, though that doesn’t exactly describe what I’m feeling.

I’m excited both for the end of the current job and the start of the next. Both feelings seem to mix around inside so maybe that’s why it feels good and strange at the same time.

I strive very hard to make sure that I don’t work any less for the current job. Most of us have the tendency to not put in a lot of effort when leaving something, but I think it’s important to end on a high note. But, that’s not easy and I’m finding it difficult at times during the day.

I’m using my age old technique of focusing on the moment at hand. One moment leads to the next and before I know it the day has ended. Like magic, I’m that much closer to my next adventure.

I’ll keep a steady pace and very soon it will be June 1 and the new contract.

Michael

New Opportunities

You just never know where opportunity will come from. Many times it is from places that you would have never considered.

I got a surprise phone call a little over a week ago with an opportunity. Within in a day we quickly came to an agreement with the terms and set a date to start. It’s one of those times where everything just seemed to flow easily and come together effortlessly. I usually take that to mean it is the right direction to go. If you struggle too much with something or it seems you are working harder than you should, then typically it’s the wrong direction.

This philosophy has worked well for me for many years. To follow along from yesterday’s post, your gut feeling is critical here. I’ve found that when things are smooth and come together with very little effort your gut instinct is telling you go for it. In contrast, when roadblocks seem to spring from every step, I’ve noticed that my gut instinct is saying no.

I also cultivate a feeling of abundance in my life. I believe good things will come my way. Maybe surprisingly to some, this seems to happen to me regularly. Even situations that on the surface seem negative actually bring many positive things. Maybe it’s my optimistic outlook or just a strong belief that the world is not out to get me, but I suspect it is both.

The point I want to make is that I was not always like this. I was much more negative and played the victim when it came to abundance in my life. I learned to change that attitude and belief. It took some time, a lot of patience and a dose of perseverance, but the outcome has been excellent.

It seems that the more I practice this belief the better it becomes.

I think this is how life is supposed to be.

Michael

Trust Your Gut

Trust your hunches… Hunches are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. – Dr. Joyce Brothers

Recently I had to make a big decision regarding a work contract. After days of negotiating, I was not happy with the entire process. Even though I was able to procure everything I wanted with the contract, there was something off, something that made me feel uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong. There were many outward signs that said something was amiss. But the gut feeling I was having felt much more important than external indicators.

I made a decision to let these gut feelings sit for a couple of days and see where they would go. There was no rush, so I took advantage of the time that was given. By the end of the weekend it was clear that everything I was feeling should be followed.

Today, I made a phone call and give my answer. It was initially difficult, but the weight immediately began to lift off my shoulders. I knew this was the right decision. I’m not sure why I question my gut feelings sometimes, but I do. I’ll try to reduce that in the future.

Bottom line: follow your gut instincts. They are always in your best interest.

Michael

Think Big

I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. – Donald Trump

People tend to gravitate towards what they think. If you think mediocre thoughts, then you’ll probably be and do mediocre things. If you think and believe in the best of people, then you’ll find the best in people.

Our thoughts are an incredibly powerful tool, but in many cases are under utilized. If you learn to use your thoughts effectively you can literally change your life. You already have evidence of this effect. How do you feel when you are thinking negative thoughts or reliving a bad experience in your mind? It’s simple. You don’t feel good. Think about when you are thinking more positive thoughts or laughing about something. You feel good.

When going for the big things like changing careers or a better relationship, don’t think small. Think big. Think about what exactly you desire, not your backup plan or your second best. What is it that you want, desire, need to change or would like to move towards?

Don’t worry about the how? That’s not important at this time. As you focus on what you want and feel good about it when you do, then the rest just works itself out. Previously unseen opportunities will  now become visible. People will come your way to help. You’ll find an article related to your new big thoughts. The possibilities are endless.

So, next time you are thinking, ask yourself “Are these thoughts big enough?”

Michael

No Stress at Work

My relatively new consulting job is virtually stress free. In some ways this is taking a bit of an adjustment as I went for some many years with a high stress job. Even though I took 5 1/2 months off, the old patterns seem to be there. By old patterns, I mean that my mind expects things to be stressful, is looking for stressful parts of the job and trying to gear my body into stress all from previous patterns of behavior.

But, there is no stress. So, I’m retraining my mind and body to understand that you can have a job that is not stressful especially if you like what you do. My goal is to go from a stressful, no fun job to no/little stress, somewhat fun job to a stress free, very exciting and fun career. It’s a three step process. I’m on step two.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed many aspects of the stressful job; like the worldwide travel and the challenge of doing things that had not been done before. So, it hasn’t left bad memories. In fact, the skills I gained during that time translate to so many different jobs and careers. There were many times I had a lot of fun. It’s just that the job didn’t sustain my passion.

It’s an exciting time as I figure out what I want to be when I grow up. :-)

Michael

Opportunities Abound

A couple of weeks ago I talked about the Dream Job. It is a fantastic opportunity to live and work in an exciting part of Australia. Since that post I’ve been working on completing my 60 second video to apply for the position with the Queensland Bureau of Tourism.

It was completed today, so I uploaded and officially applied for the job online. So, now it is a waiting game to see who will be in the final 50 and then the final 11.

On a side note, an interesting opportunity presented itself. The lady who did the editing for my video is looking to start a tourism show on the local PBS station and possibly do some work with tourism type videos for local hotels. She asked if I would be interested in working on this project with her.

Uhhhhhh! Let me think……….Absolutely!

Moral of the story: When you step out of your comfort zone, you just never know what can happen.

Have a great day!

Michael

Dream Job

In January, Australia’s Queensland Bureau of Tourism announced through the web an incredible job opportunity based on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a dream job. Your primary responsibilities include exploring the islands and the reef. You must try all the different activities available and report about them on a weekly basis by blog, photography and video. There will be the occasional interview. Basically, by experiencing all that the reefs have to offer and telling the world, you promote the region for the tourism bureau.

Accommodations are extraordinary; a three bedroom condo in a multi-million dollar resort. The job is for six months from July 1st 2009 to January 1st 2010. The pay is approximately $100,000 U.S. Not bad in relation to the responsibilities.

Thousands upon thousands of people have applied and at one point so many people were hitting their website that it crashed because of the traffic overload. You must fill out a very short application and upload a 60 second video about yourself and why you are best for the job.

50 semi-finalists will be voted on during the the last week of March. 11 short-listed candidates will be announced on April 2nd and will be flown to Australia for the final interview during the first week of May. The winner will be picked on May 6th and needs to start work promptly on July 1st.

I’m applying!

Michael