You are what you think. If you think you will have a good day, you will have one. Yet it also works backwards, if you think it will be a bad day, it often will be a bad day. Your level of happiness is actually made up 50% by genetics, 10% by your actual situation and 40% by your attitude.
While I’ve been aware of that particular fact for some time, I ran a test on it yesterday. You see I started off with a really bad morning. First off, the dog threw up over our bed…ick. Then we work up the boys and found our little guy had wet the bed…double ick. So at that point in time it is very tempting to say it will be one of those days, yet instead I said this to my wife: this day just has to be get better from here. We had hit our morning low and it just has to be better.
Oddly enough it worked. The day did get better, I got some things done at work and felt good about it. I had a few laughs during a coffee break and I had a productive evening at home by getting the boys hair cut. So recall the Friday really isn’t any better than Monday expect in your head and that matters a lot more than you think.
The other interesting thing about this concept is when you extrapolate it. There is no reason why you can’t enjoy working at your job. Yes early retirement is bound to be fun with all that freedom, but your working life doesn’t have to be a prison sentence to be endured. It can actually be fun. The choice lies within your own mind, so be mindful of your thoughts.
How do you approach your work? Do you have fun or is it something you dislike? If you don’t like it, could you find a way to make it a little bit more fun?