Imagine that you are given a magic wand that has one special power: it can change your job in any way that you want. One wave and – “poof” – you’re in your dream work situation.

Now, close your eyes. What would you wish for? What immediately came to mind? What do you want to change, do differently, or get rid of altogether? Do you have a tool, task, or process that makes you crazy? Do you dread the commute or dislike the location? Is there a colleague who makes your work life difficult?

Now, focus on the situation and envision those problems solved. What does your total job satisfaction scenario look like? More importantly, how can you go from where you are now to where you want to be?

Stop letting the nagging issues of your job drag you down. Make a concerted effort to find a constructive solution. Zoom in on those things you want your magic wand to fix and then realize that you have the power to make positive changes. If you want something good to happen, identify your goal and create an action plan to get there.

Maybe you need to have a frank discussion with your boss, a co-worker, or an employee. Trust me, you’ll feel much better after you’ve addressed that person directly, and you might discover that the individual is quite willing to work with you to achieve a mutually satisfying outcome!

I think we often make unfair assumptions that change won’t happen.

“That’s the way it’s always been.”

“Oh, THAT one will never change. Just suck it up and live with it.”

“I don’t want to be the squeaky wheel.”

“Why bother?”

The answer to this last question is clear. You shouldn’t compromise your success. Living with a less than stellar situation means you’re doing exactly that. When you look the other way, you’re heading in the wrong direction. If you want to keep moving forward, you need to make positive changes.

Be courageous. Talk to the person on your “Wish list” and see if you can work out a solution. Dare to upset the status quo in order to create a better situation.

Be creative. Look for alternatives to “the way we’ve always done it”. If you don’t like your commute, can you work from home once or twice a week? Can you use the travel time to your advantage, like listening to audio books?

Be honest. If you hate making phone calls or writing emails, ask yourself “Why?” Do you fear rejection or think your writing is subpar? Maybe you need more training to build your confidence. Seek it out.

Be focused. You’ve identified those things that could be better. Create an action plan and timeline to make the positive changes.

To achieve success and job satisfaction, stop wishing and start doing. You don’t need to wave a wand. Make your magic happen.

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