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“Take a block of ice that’s been frozen to minus fifty degrees centigrade, and start heating it. For some time, nothing happens. Lots of energy for no visible result. Suddenly, at zero, it melts. Water!

Keep heating. Again, lots of energy and no excitement. Then, at around one hundred degrees centigrade, bubbles and steam! It boils!

The principle? It’s possible to put lots of energy into something – eg. a lock of ice, a project, a career- yet it seems like nothing is happening. Actually, your energy is already producing change, but you just can’t see it. Continue to put energy in and you will surely see a transformation. Remember the principle, and you don’t panic so much – and you don’t despair.

Every time I make any effort – tidy my desk, write a book, help a friend, practice drawing, pay a bill, try and fail – I’m scoring points. I think of all my efforts as adding to my “universal credits”. I never know how many points I’ll need for my next reward. It helps me enjoy what I’m doing rather than demand instant results.”

– Andrew Matthews, Follow Your Heart

Is it really the job that is the problem or is it the way you see your job that is the problem? See, if you convince yourself everyday that “this job is boring” and “I can find a better job” then you’re right. That becomes your reality. But when you really think about it, most of the time it is not the job that is the problem, it is how you see your job that is the problem.

And let’s say your job is really the problem, then what are you still doing there?? It’s not like that’s the only job that is available. If your job is really the problem, then stop whining and leave. You’re not a tree. You have a choice.

Here’s my concern though, if you always convince yourself that “this is this” and “this is that” then you might want to re-evaluate your belief system and ask yourself “is it really the job?” Because even if you apply for a job somewhere else and you carry that belief system, it won’t make any difference. You will continue to convince yourself that it is boring. One month, two months after you’ll be looking for a new employer.

It is how you see it. If that’s what you tell yourself everyday, your subconscious will always find a way to make every job boring. Why not try “Work is Fun”? I am not telling you to lie to yourself. Again, you have a choice. You have a choice to stay and make everybody else’s lives a little better including yours or leave. You have a choice on how you’ll see things.

Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart

5.) “There’s a word to describe giving it your best shot every time – it’s called professionalism.”

4.) “Always do more than what you are paid for, and one day you will be paid for more than you do.”

3.) “None of your employers will be perfect and your colleagues may be lazy. But when you sign on as an employee, your job is to give your best, not to pick holes in the guy who signs the cheques.”

2.) “When you only give fifty percent effort, you suffer much more than your boss. He only loses a few dollars. You lose your enthusiasm and your self esteem, and a whole chunk of your life.”

1.) “You give your best not because you need to impress people. You give your best because that’s the only way to enjoy your work.”

*excerpts from Andrew Matthews’ book Follow Your Heart