The turmoil roiling the waters of the national and local economy create a climate in which leaving your current job poses some very risky challenges. The wiser course may be to stay with your present job until conditions are more favorable, even though the last thing you may want to do is stay put.
Yesterday I suggested you to step back and take an objective look at your job, your organization and the culture within the organization. You may not be able to change the organizational culture, but you can change your attitude toward it and the ways you relate to the people you find most annoying.
A wise zen teacher once told me, “When all is said and done, most people are just trying to do the best they can.” We may not agree with the hows and whys of their behavior, but, with practice, we can look beyond the attitude and behavior and recognize the fears, insecurity and frustration that shape their behavior. Once we are able to do this, we are better able to retain our equanimity instead of allowing them to push our “hot buttons.”
Some ways to enhance our equanimity relate to the body: running, tai-chi, yoga, weightlifting, and meditation. Taking up one of these “body practices” rewires the body-mind’s internal wiring and allows us to take challenges in stride instead of allowing our own anger and frustration to overwhelm us.
Another strategy is to seek out the company’s Employment Assisstance Program counselor. If your company does not have one, consider a therapist or, even a wise and seasoned mentor within your company. Using these individuals as sounding boards can help release pent up emotions and enable you to find support from someone you trust. You will feel less isolated in the process.
Tomorrow we’ll examine how you can idenitfy and employ certain action strategies to better position yourself within your organization.