The Thrill of it All
In many ways, a new job is like a love affair. The first stage is excitement. It can last from an hour to many years. The novelty of the job keeps your energy high. You are happy because you are so productive, and you’re more productive because you are so happy.
Then, the second stage—reality—sets in. You still enjoy the work you do, but notice some of the irritants and difficulties. Deadlines now seem endless and impossible. And, it soon becomes more difficult to arrive early or stay late.
The third stage is disillusion. Here, the pendulum swings past reality, and it’s much easier to focus on the negative. That’s when the “maybe’s” begin. For example, you wonder: “Maybe I could make better money at Company X, and not have to work so hard”; “Maybe I’d be happier with more responsibility at Corporation Y”; or “Maybe Company Z would let me come in a little later in the mornings or go home earlier at night.”
To get the pendulum to swing back, remember your relationship and think about what you did to keep the thrill in your love life. Maybe you and your partner relived your first date at that little country restaurant, or you thought to thank your loved one for being kind and generous. In short, you remembered to see the person you first fell in love with.
Relate this to your career. Here are some practical staying-in-love techniques:
• Begin each day with a smile. Anticipate having a productive, stimulating day. Isn’t that how you used to come to work in the morning? If you really expect to be productive, almost nothing can stop you.
• Eat a good breakfast. This will give you energy and protein, which you so badly need first thing in the morning.