Let us continue our chat session. Another question that I get frequently from youths is: How do I boost my motivation at work?
Question: “I don’t have a sense of belonging at my workplace. Neither do I have the motivation to improve myself. To make ends meet, I have no choice but to continue in this job. How do I change my mentality to one that is more positive?”
My reply: “I choose to regard everything that happens to me as important nutrients that help to nourish my life. Regardless of whether they bring happiness or sorrow, whether they are good or bad, I will resolve to do my best, even if it is a task that seems totally meaningless at that point in time.”
Take the example of climbing Mount Taishan. On the way to the peak, you come across a dirty bridge. Instead of regarding the bridge with disdain and anger, you should be grateful to it. Its existence allows you to cross from one end to the other and ultimately helps you to reach the peak of the mountain.
Similarly, when we are putting in long hours at work, we should not take it as an ordeal and feel tormented by it. Instead we ought to accept it, view it as a learning opportunity and be grateful for it. Our job is like the dirty bridge in the mountain – we ought to treat it with respect and gratitude. Only then will we see its beauty and merits.
Whenever you feel tormented at work, understand that it is your “heart” and your mentality that is causing the torment. You are the cause of your own ordeal. If you choose to face it with a thankful and joyous heart, all the obstacles that you encounter become catalysts for your growth. You will realize that these obstacles are the seasoning that add flavors to your life: flavors of bitterness, spiciness, sourness and sweetness.
Every obstacle that you overcome is like a color on the palette that eventually makes up the masterpiece of your future. In a beautiful painting, every color has its own place on the canvas. The lack of any color will render the painting imperfect.
Hence, no matter what experience we are going through, we should treat the world with a sincere, thankful and respectful heart.
Don’t look down on your boss or your supervisor. They may be a lot stronger than you in certain areas. Rather than feel tormented while performing the job that you are being paid to do, think of how much worse you will feel if you do not have a job.
Keep this phrase in mind: “Those who do their jobs well and with sincerity will be rewarded eventually.”