Take Control and Keep It Fresh
When you got up this morning, you went through your morning ritual of whatever it is you do to start your day. You then came in to work. Were you excited to be doing so, or were you drudging along in mental cruise-control? You know, that near zombie-like feeling you get every morning on your way to work?
You leave the house at the same time and take the same roads to the shop. You have the same conversation with the same clerk at the same convenience store when you stop to get coffee. When you get to your lube shop, do you fall into the same habitual series of events as you did yesterday? You fire up the point-of-sale system, count the drawer and then open the bay doors. Same thing, just a different day.
If this is what you feel like, then you’re like most people who are caught in a routine.
Do you find the first couple of customers are necessary before you can really start “firing on all cylinders” and give the full customer service performance that you are so good at?
If any of this sounds familiar to you, then you are definitely not taking control, and you are nowhere near being fresh. If this describes you, then you, my friend, are in a rut.
The human brain likes to be stimulated with fresh experiences. This keeps it healthy, active and enhances your mood. The crushing monotony of repetitive work robs your subconscious of the joy of fresh experiences. The result is low motivation, lethargic work effort and a state of mental depression that can take over everything.
Workers on automotive assembly lines have suffered with this problem for years. The turnover rate is surprisingly high in this kind of work, considering the extremely high pay scale offered for basically unskilled labor. Alcoholism and drug addiction amongst factory line workers is much higher than in many other industries.
If you are bored, sad, depressed and miserable about your particular situation in life, then you are going to project negativity to the rest of the world. The rest of the world is going to do its part and reflect all of that right back at you, keeping you where you do not want to be.
It is a vicious cycle, a negative feedback loop that is very difficult to break. Many try to mask the problem by pretending nothing is wrong, or they try to bury their inner-feelings by using — and in some cases, abusing — drugs and alcohol. This short-term salve only feeds the negativity, making it stronger overall.
The secret to avoid falling into a rut is so simple and easy to do that it is difficult for some to believe.
The first and most important step is to have confidence in yourself. Not confidence in what you can do, but confidence in who you are.
Do you have sympathy and empathy for others? Do you look for opportunities to be nice to strangers? Do you make an effort to say something positive, or at the very least give a warm smile to every single person that comes within five feet of you every day? If not, then you should start doing that from right now until forever. That tiny adjustment in your attitude will radiate like warming rays of sunshine wherever you go.
Start your day fresh. Get up five minutes earlier than usual. You will be surprised what this does for you. Take a slightly different path to work, if you are able. Stop at a different convenience store for your morning coffee. Maybe try a different flavor of coffee, too.