When we start a new role we are full of hope, excitement, optimism and energy. Anything from one week to three months in and we can start to feel despondent, disappointed and a little flat. Meeting new colleagues, building new relationships, learning new tasks and methods of working and dealing with a different commute can really get us down. That is because it takes so much conscious thought to process new things and we are stretching ourselves in ways that we might not have been stretched in years. This can only be a good thing, but like deciding to run a marathon when we haven’t taken any physical exercise in ten years is going to challenge the body, starting a new job will challenge the mind.
One great way to overcome these feelings and to get through this stage is to have a vision of where you are going. I read a great article once that talked about sailing from London to New York. It stated that if after three days at sea, having seen nothing but water, you were to decide it was hopeless and get the captain to turn the boat around you would never reach New York, even if you had been just hours from seeing land. This is such a great analogy for getting to your desired place in life. Unless you keep going in the same direction, towards the thing that you want, you will never get it. Obvious really when you write it in black and white.
One way to keep on track is to create a vision board. This can be a regular pin board that you put somewhere you will see it at least twice a day. Onto it you should pin anything and everything about where you are going with your new job. So if you were looking forward to having more time to spend with your children put their picture on the board. If this promotion has given you more money to spend on exotic holidays put a glossy holiday photo on the board. If you are going to be in line for an industry award as a result of the work you are now doing put either a photo of an awards dinner or someone receiving an award up. You get the picture. When you accepted the role you knew why you wanted it and what it was going to mean to you and your quality of life. In the nitty gritty of day-to-day living it is easy to lose sight of these things (your land) and become consumed with the difficulties and challenges you are facing (endless water). Being clear about what you want and why you want it and reminding yourself with pictures and images at least twice a day will keep you on track. It will keep you excited, inspired and full of joy for the journey. It will give meaning to the mundane and a purpose to the pointless.
Life is exciting, you are committed to carrying on with yours, you may as well make the most of every moment and enjoy it as much as you can!
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