How to Get Out of Your Funk And Find Your Positivity!
If you are one of those very rare people who wake up everyday feeling fantastic, this blog is not for you. I would definitly consider myself a fairly positive person so when I am feeling frustrated, I have to figure out ways to get myself out of my mood. In the workplace, I live by the motto leave everything at the door. I know first hand how hard that can actually be. Sometimes it takes everything in my might to put that smile on my face before I walk through that office door. Being in a leadership position, people look to me to set the tone. It is also my job to help others get motivated, energized, and feeling good.
The culture you create is critical to the success of your department. You’re not just responsible for yourself but you’re also responsible for your team. Before you decide to take on that Leadership role, remember it’s a big responsibility from that perspective alone. Managing all the different personalities can be extremely challenging and you need to understand that before you move into a role where you are managing people. It takes a certain skill set and it can be very trying at times. Patience and understanding are key! It’s also critical you set the expectations.
How many times have you had a manager or come across a manager that had no people skills? Think about the environment they have created. Typically its a very stale culture with not a lot of trust, communication, or happiness. People feel frustrated and don’t enjoy coming to work. There are ways to overcome personality flaws but you have to acknowledge it first. Some leaders overcome this flaw by surrounding themselves with individuals that will overcompensate. Maybe they hire a right hand person with a big personality and lots of people skills. I see this quite often in the workplace. Where things can go terribly wrong is when the leader doesn’t recognize their personality challenge and they don’t make the right hiring decisions. Remember this, people like to hire people like them. Yikes! Diversity is key in this type of situation.
When you are in a funk, acknowledge it and do something about it. The more you sit around feeling sorry for yourself, the worse your are going to feel. I’m not talking to those who have been clinically diagnosed with depression. I’m talking to those that slip into a funk, which may be identified as boredom. That’s why you have to get out and do something about it. Go for a bike ride, stretch in a sauna, get a massage, get your hair done..I don’t care what it is just do it. Try doing something for someone else. Making someone smile, will make you smile. Also, surround yourself with positive people. If you are in a leadership position, you have to be positive to bring everyone up. If you allow yourself to be down too long, it can definitely impact the productivity of your people Not to mention, yourself. Remember, FUNK SUCKS!