You may be another one of the numerous folks out there who hate their jobs, and you may even have strong reasons for it. Your boss may be a moron, you may not get paid enough, or you couldn’t find a better job so you were practically forced to do something that you don’t like for a living. But did you know that there are certain “mind hacks” to trick your brain into making it believe that you’re in love with your work and therefore become a lot more productive?
Yes, it’s absolutely necessary to love or at least like the job you have in order to be productive. We as human beings were naturally programmed by The Almighty Creator to avoid actions that don’t induce us pleasure. Therefore, it seems reasonable to try to make unpleasurable actions become pleasurable, at least temporarily so that you can be happy and productive at your job.
Establish a positive mindset
It may sound like a boring old cliche, but having a positive mindset at work can make you obtain great results. Instead of seeing your work as a burden and something you just need to do as otherwise you won’t have food on your table and money to pay the bills, you can simply see it as an opportunity to make money that will serve you for your hobbies. Of course, you still need to pay your bills and buy food, but don’t think only about your basic needs. Surely you must like something in life apart from eating and paying bills. Let’s say that you like to buy ebooks or maybe even physical books. Go ahead and think about how many wonderful books you would be able to buy with all that money you can make at your workplace, instead of being afraid that you won’t have money to pay the bills and eat if you lose that job! Regardless of how bad your job is, you know what they say: every cloud has a silver lining.
Feel free to repeat to yourself in the mirror each day, before you go to work, how the money you make for you can nurture your hobbies. Be persistent enough and repeat several times a day as you also truly believe those words. You’ll feel a lot better and more motivated with your job sooner than you might expect.
“What else do I need to do to get positive results?”
You should permanently ask yourself what else you need to do to get the results you want at your job, whether you want more money, getting promoted, or establishing a powerful change for your company. Our subconscious mind is an infinite source of wisdom and knowledge, and we can easily bring good ideas out if we just be persistent by knocking at the door of our subconscious mind. Therefore, keep asking yourself what else you need to do to get what you want as you’re in the shower, in the bathroom, on your break from work, while smoking a cigar, as you drive home, and so on. You don’t need to get your answers immediately, as those will pop up in moments when you expect them the least. The subconscious mind will do its work “in the background” and yield the results you want sooner than you expect. Don’t forget that it’s the subconscious mind that makes our organs function 24/7 without us even being aware of it. It does its job even while we sleep and takes a break only when we die.
Be grateful for what you have
Regardless if you believe in God, Allah, karma, or the Universe as a force willing to help you out from time to time, go ahead and be grateful each and every day that you have a job, even if you hate it! Don’t forget that there are many people out there who don’t have jobs at all or who even live on the streets. Many people don’t even have money for food and shelter, so try to be grateful that you’re not among them!
Surely society isn’t perfect, as it might have mistreated you in many ways; you might deserve to have a much better job with a much more competitive wage. But even so, society is there to take care of us to some degree, as we still have some rights, the law, access to services, and so on. Without society, we might be in the middle of the wilderness fighting each other to the death for a chunk of meat, or running away from wild animals. Let’s all take a moment and try to be grateful that we live in a society!
It’s also important to be grateful for what you’ve already achieved. To get that job of yours, surely you had to pass an interview and eventually some tests. Those people who hired you had their reasons to do so, as they’ve seen something good in you. On the other hand, surely you’ve established something at your work already, regardless of how insignificant it may be. Try to be grateful for all those things as you look at yourself in the mirror before going to work. Verbalize them clearly and truly believe those words! If you do so, it’s only a matter of time until you’ll feel pleasure going to work! Don’t forget that the subconscious mind always works in the background!
If you feel stressed, don’t be surprised if your work doesn’t go the way you want it, or that you hate your job. You need to induce yourself a state of deep relaxation, regardless of how much it may sound like just another boring old cliche. Just go ahead and do whatever makes you obtain a feeling of relaxation, such as listening to music on your headphones, playing video games, praying, meditating, and so on. Before you realize it, you can obtain a pleasant feeling of relaxation that you can use to your own advantage.
Avoid cuss words even in your mind
As mentioned, society isn’t perfect; it never was, and it will never be. Most of us express our frustrations and stress by throwing cuss words, at least in our minds. But guess what that swearing will do in your mind? It will obviously increase your frustrations and stress even more, without you even realizing it. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get rid of those negative thoughts or at least diminish them. While it may sound great in theory, guess what? It can also be applied successfully in practice, even easier than you might think. Instead of going along with those nasty and dirty words in your mind, try to replace them with positive ones. You can also try to say a little prayer instead of falling victim to those negative thoughts. Christian-Ortodox people, for instance, use a very short and powerful prayer: “Jesus, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”. While it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way, the idea is to replace thoughts of anger, frustration, and hatred with positive ones. If you’re an atheist, on the other hand, you can simply say to yourself, “This is normal at any job, and better moments will come!”.
Feel free to apply the methods exposed in this article and tell us in the comments what you think!