My dogs snore. Each and every one, in a different register, at varying volumes and accompanying noises. This isn’t just a cute little puppy snore like you have seen videoed and posted on Facebook. On no, this is all out, wake themselves up, complete with yips, yaps, convulsions and seriously thinking if there is a testing for dog sleep apnea snoring.
I was married, we were together for 10 years and that man snored so loud that it could wake the dead. Even the subtle occasional elbow or foot jostle didn’t help. But I got used to it.
I also grew up near train tracks. The trains would run in the middle of the night – I never knew this until my grandmother stayed the night and asked how we could sleep through all that train ruckus. I got used to it.
The only way I can sleep through the dog snoring is if I fall asleep first. Last night they all fell asleep before I did and it was a long, noisy night.
That’s when today’s blog hit me. How we can become comfortable with certain things. I guess I am used to falling asleep before the dogs and didn’t realize just how loud they are – oh, and they fart while they sleep. Bonus.
When we get comfortable in our job we get comfortable in what we do and take for granted what it is that we really do, the value we bring to the table. That is why it is so difficult when talking to others explaining what we do.
We have gotten so used to it that we don’t even think about it anymore.
Time to wake up.
Even if you are not preparing to look for another job it is a good idea to stop in midday and evaluate what it is that we are doing. Think back to how you got to where you are now. What skills did you master to take that next step.
Who do you serve – is it clients, teammates, a department or division? How do you serve them? What tasks do you do that add value to others?
How do you perform those tasks? What skills are needed in order to perform those tasks well? How did you learn them, how do you improve them and what have you done to get better at what you do?
What do you enjoy doing? Why do you enjoy it? What does it involve? Who does it involve? What are the outcomes that you have contributed to?
These are all great questions to ask yourself when thinking about looking for a new job but they are also great to help you rediscover the great aspects of you as a contributor. This in turn will give you a sense of gratitude for where you are and what you are doing now.
These questions will help shed fresh light on your current job from a positive perspective and bring back some of the joy that you may have become comfortable with and get you excited about your job again.
Wouldn’t it be nice to fall in love with your job again and bring that sense of purpose, excitement and enthusiasm back into your every day?
Bring back the gratitude and joy and leave the comfortable for snoring dogs.
Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW