Are you doing your job just for the money?
Our jobs can easily become a simple means to an end. We work to get paid so we can pay for shelter, clothing, food, transportation and a bunch of other things we may or may not need.
The good news is we have the power and the capacity to change our attitude toward our work, without needing to change the work itself. Of course if you have an opportunity to change jobs to better align your work with your calling, by all means seize it. In reality, those opportunities rarely present themselves if we haven’t already adjusted our attitude in our current situation.
A Simple Attitude Adjustment Exercise
For starters, try beginning your work day writing down different ways you can best serve your customers, clients, colleagues, supervisors, and anyone else you might interact with that day. If thoughts come up like, “I’m not getting paid enough to do that,” or “that isn’t part of my job,” write those thoughts down on a separate column or page.
Review your lists and ask yourself
- Which person would I rather work with?
- Which person is more likely to be given more responsibility?
- Which person is more likely to be promoted?
Make sure you follow through on at least one of the ideas for serving others during the day.
At the end of the day take 5 minutes to write down then names of those you served, and how you served them. Reflect back on their responses. How did it make you feel after serving someone well? As you do this day after day you will find your passion for your work will slowly increase, and your concern about money decrease.
You may find that your change in attitude toward your work and your increased passion to serve others well will present new opportunities or promotions, and money will no longer be something you worry about.