1. What am I doing?
This question is on both a physical level and a psychological level. I don’t just want to know the “ABC” steps to what you are doing at your job. I want to know how you feel about doing what you do at your job. What impact does doing your job currently have on the person you are? This question could be worded another way to read: What am I becoming while I am here? How is this job affecting you? What is it turning you into? What exactly are you doing there?
2. What am I producing?
Again this question goes deeper than it looks initially. Yes I am again interested in finding out what you are physically producing, but what I am more interested in is what kind of moods, feelings, attitudes, emotions, and situations are you producing. Are you producing negative feelings or positive feelings, what are they, why do you think they are being produced, are you sharing them with coworkers? How are you affecting your work environment is essentially what is being asked here. From this point we go into what needs are and are not being met, this question is very important.
3. What is this producing for me?
Here we have the prime question of what is this job doing for you. What are you getting out of it, what is it doing for your life, how does that compare to what it is taking out of your life? This question is the end result of the first two I mentioned, because you are becoming something at your job, you are producing and emitting something at your job, but what is your work environment producing for you and in you?
These questions are part of a series of question that I normally ask people that contact me for coaching and tell me that their job is to blame for all their problems but they don’t know where to go. Ask yourself these questions and write down your responses, think about ways that you can change these feelings, if it is the job think of something that you can do to evoke to opposite feelings. Figure out what you need and want from a job. Figure out if it’s the people or the place, and once you have your situation figured out completely, watch your perspective on it shift as you begin to feel empowered. Then make your decision. This works for most situations in life not just work, pay attention and give it a go.
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