Not loving your job? Then focus on what you can control

Ever had a bad day at work? One of those days where your colleagues are annoying; the clients need babysitting or the boss is pressing you for what amounts to busy work- or sometimes all three?

Me too. We all have. And if you’re not careful you can start to string days like that together and pretty soon you have bad weeks, bad months and ultimately you end up hating going to work every day. No one wants that. Ideally, you want to enjoy what you do. But sometimes you have to recapture the joy and You are not in control of the world, you are only in control of how you respond to it. Choose to respond well.ambition you felt when you took those first faltering steps into your desired career.

So how do you get back there? Take your cue from ancient philosophy and act like a stoic.

Stoicism is experiencing a bit of a revival lately and for good reason. It is a simple way of looking at the world that allows you to zero in on what matters and feel more satisfied no matter the situation. In brief, stoicism says that the path to happiness is found in accepting that which we have been given in life, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desires or fears, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature’s plan.

In other words, we cannot let the things we cannot control dominate our thoughts and therefore our lives. There is no sense having anxiety over the weather since there is nothing you can do to change it. A stoic would respond to a beautiful sunny day them same as cold and rainy one. He is alive and he has things he needs to accomplish and he simply gets on with it regardless of what the world may throw in his way.

This concept can be really handy when applied to your career.

A stoic wouldn’t worry about gossiping colleagues, or a demanding boss. He would simply see his day as a series of tasks that he can ether perform or not perform. Seeing as performing them would be doing his part in the overall plan for the organization (company, business, school etc.) he would do them to the best of his ability. He would not concern himself with the things he could not control, like his co-worker’s attitudes or problems that were someone else’s responsibility.

Everyone has their own path, so walk yours and try not to concern yourself with how others choose to walk theirs. I’m not saying this is easy, but with practice you’ll be able to start to see the benefits of focusing on what is in your power and leaving the rest aside. You’ll find yourself less concerned with the little annoying aspects that are part of everyone’s job. You’ll instead see the benefits and the good that comes from your own individual contributions.

You are not in control of the world, you are only in control of how you respond to it. Choose to respond well.