One of the Central Principles of the Dale Carnegie Training is that your happiness in life is largely attributed to your thoughts. “If you act enthusiastic, you’ll be enthusiastic,” said Carnegie back in 1912 and it’s still as true today as it was 100 years ago. Carnegie also said, “feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.”
American Express’ openforum.com addressed this very subject in a recent article, 14 Ways to Make Work More Enjoyable in 2012. “The past several years haven’t been much fun – the poor economy has taken a toll on business psyches. But the latest surveys show business optimism continues to rise. It’s time to get out of that downtrodden rut and start enjoying what you do again. Here are 14 tips to help you turn up the fun-o-meter in the coming year,” said open forum contributor, Tom Harnish. To that end he offers the following 14 tips to make work more enjoyable:
- Eliminates Stresses
- Break the Rules
- Focus your Time and Energy
- Don’t Chase Hair Brained Schemes
- Stop Working with People You don’t like.
- Drop high maintenance customers.
- Do something nice
- Don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Take responsibility.
- Use triage on daily time wasters.
- Lighten up.
- Stop doing too much.