While working around the world I occasionally run into people who are just in a ‘rut,’ or in a bad mood – every day! I guess it is just my positive attitude and energy that makes it hard for me to believe that some people can be so negative and get away with it.
How is it possible that during an interview, a person can be so happy and excited and then after some time on the job they are just down and out?! It could be said that maybe they have personal issues going on in their life, or that they don’t like their job anymore. Regardless of the situation, it is our responsibility as a leader and as an employee to speak up. Yes, as the employee it is YOUR responsibility to seek advice or assistance from either your team leader or human resources and if you are the leader it is your job to reach out to this person and ask them what is going on.
Let’s face it, everyone now and again can fall into a rut and we have to take time to really try and figure out some solutions. I like to sit people down together and dig into what we are doing that is working and what we could do to improve our processes. How can you use creativity to get a person or a team out of a rut and on to better productivity? The answer is simple; communication.
I have been talking about work up until this point but the same principles apply to your personal life. Think about when, where, and how you felt the happiest. What did you do in your life that gave you a positive feeling? What in your life is causing negativity and what changes should you make to feel better about yourself?
Try to get out of your comfort zone and get advice and different points of view from others you work with, live with or even a stranger that you are sitting next to on a plane. You think I am kidding, right? No I am serious. Sometimes when you tell a complete stranger about your dilemma, you get the most honest and real feedback versus telling a friend who will tell you what they think you want to hear.
Learn to share ideas, voice opinions and seek advice. You will learn that only YOU are in charge of your energy, attitude and motivation. Either you show up every day and make it a good one, or you soon won’t need to show up at all!