How to Approach Your Work With a Healthier Mindset

September 28, 2018

At some point in our adult lives, most of us have a job that is absolutely soul-sucking.

I’m talking a little nauseated on the way into work  (low key wondering how hard it would be to leave the country/disappear) and totally drained at the end of the day. I’ve been there in the past, and so has my friend Ashley, who graciously wrote the blog that follows.

Throughout that soul-sucking job, there are tools and strategies to make sure we show up for ourselves in the best possible way.

The following is more than just an article and includes an exercise for you to dive into and realign your priorities and passions.

Thanks, Ashley!

 

kettlebell workout, workout, crossfit, wellness coach, personal training

Happy people are passionate people. I know this from both observation and experience. The times in my life when I have been the most unhappy have been the times when I could not see that the actions that I was taking and the path that I was walking was serving any kind of larger purpose.

I see this so often with the clients that I work with as a health & wellness coach. They feel like they should go to work and provide for themselves and their loved ones, they feel like the should eat healthy, and they feel like they should exercise. This is all true.

kettlebell workout, workout, crossfit, wellness coach, personal training, group workout, community workout, winston salem, north carolina

The issue is that the “should’s” reflect a misalignment of priorities. If you feel like you should do something, your behavior is aligned with some sort of external force that dictates your behavior rather than an internal source of motivation.

kettlebell workout, workout, crossfit, wellness coach, personal training, group workout, community workout, winston salem, north carolina, boat pose, ab strength, core strength, concentration

For me, I often feel like I should do my taxes. Do I want to? Absolutely not. But I know that my highest priority in life is to equip others with the tools to make healthy decisions. In order to do that, I have to run a sustainable business and do to that, I can’t get in trouble with the IRS.

Whenever I sit down to do some aspect of my job that I don’t enjoy I tell myself, “I am doing this because it’s my life’s mission to equip others with the tools to make healthy decisions.” And that particular task no longer seems as unpleasant!

kettlebell workout, workout, crossfit, wellness coach, personal training, group workout, community workout, winston salem, north carolina, downtown winston salem, winston salem art district, determination, coaching

Frederich Nietzsche is famous for saying, “He [or she] who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” And it is true that just about any situation is bearable if you can connect your circumstances to the service of a larger “why.”

You may hate certain aspects of your current job or even all of it. But if you can find alignment between at least some aspect of your job and your highest priorities, it’ll make your whole situation better.

Now if, like most people, you aren’t 100% clear about what your highest priorities are, let me walk you through a 5-step exercise that I take my clients through to discover and refine those priorities.

Note: You’re going to want to get out a blank sheet of paper and a pencil for this.

journaling, planning, goal setting exercise

“You may hate certain aspects of your current job, or even all of it. But if you can find alignment between at least some aspect of your job and your highest priorities, it’ll make your whole situation better.”

Step #1: Answer the following 7 priorities alignment questions

 

Question #1:

Think about what are your personal spaces? Spaces that you don’t like other people messing with? (Don’t write it down) – Now think about elements that are common your personal spaces. Write down three things that you can typically find in that space.

My response: I don’t have a whole lot of what you would typically call “personal space,” but I do have a backpack that I carry around with me everywhere. In that backpack, I always keep a journal/book, my planner, and my phone.

 

Question #2:

What three things do you always free up time for?

My response: I protect my time around my workouts, meal planning/prep, and my sleep.

 

Question #3:

What are the top three things that make you feel most energized and alive?

My response: I am most alive when I am creating/learning & planning, and also when I am doing some sort of physical activity that I really enjoy.

 

Question #4:

Relatively speaking, in what 3 areas or aspects of your life are the most organized? (Note: even disorganized & messy people typically have at least one aspect of their lives when they are more organized than others)

My response: My planner, my kitchen, and my bookshelves are all extremely organized.

 

Question #5:

What 3 things engage you and capture your focus and attention the most?

Where does time fly by?

My response: When I’m reading a really good book, when I’m creating a piece of art or writing, and when I’m doing some sort of fun physical activity.

 

Question #6:

Think about what goals have you set that show signs that they are coming true (don’t write them down). No what are 3 things common to all those goals?

My response: All of my goals that show signs of coming true involve self-development, learning, and teaching others

 

Question #7:

What 3 things do you love talking to other people about? (Note: everyone is an “extrovert” in the areas that they are most passionate about. So even if you don’t really like talking to people, there is probably at least one thing you do involve talking about)

My response: Developing self-awareness, improving health, and things that I have read about recently.

 

Step #2: Make a list of all keywords used in Step 1 (there should be at least 21)

My response:

  • Journal
  • Book
  • Planner
  • Phone
  • Workouts
  • Meal Plan/Prep
  • Sleep
  • Creating Learning
  • Physical Activity Planner
  • Kitchen
  • Bookshelves
  • Reading
  • Creating
  • Physical Activity
  • Self-development
  • Learning
  • Teaching
  • Self-awareness
  • Health
  • Reading

 

Step #3: Combine words with similar meanings and place tally marks next to how many words with similar themes appeared on your list.

                                  My response:

Self-Reflection III             Learning IIIIII                             Planning III

Communication II                       Health &Wellness IIIIIIII              Creating III

 

Step #4: Use the above exercise to determine your top 1-3 priorities

My response:

As you can see from the list, the themes that occurred most often for me were learning & health & wellness, closely followed by self-reflection, creation, and planning.

I am extremely fortunate that I have been able to create a career for myself that involves continual learning about more about health & wellness and creating tools and resources to help others with their own health & wellness journey.

Step #5: Reflect. Does your current work directly align with any those top 3 priorities?

If so, then you are definitely in the right place.

If not, you might need to complete some complicated mental gymnastics in order to connect the two, but there is always a way. Continually remind yourself that what you are doing and the uncomfortableness and unpleasantness that you may experience truly is in service of something important.

Did you learn anything new or interesting about yourself from this exercise? If so, I’d love to hear it!

 

kettlebell workout, workout, crossfit, wellness coach, personal training, group workout, community workout, winston salem, north carolina, winston salem art district, wsnc, downtown wsnc, artivity, arena health and athletics

Ashley Vogler
Owner of Arena Health and Athletics.
IG: @aha_fit
FB: @aha_fitness

 

For more daily inspiration and recipes come and see me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. If you’re interested in learning more about who I am head to this page or my personal Insta. See you there 😉

If you don’t want to miss a thing, join my newsletter



 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

X

  1. gamefly

    May 2nd, 2019 at 17:34

    I think the admin of this web page is in fact working hard
    in support of his web site, for the reason that here every information is quality based information.

  2. minecraft pc download

    May 8th, 2019 at 06:07

    Link exchange is nothing else except it is only placing the other person’s web site
    link on your page at suitable place and other
    person will also do same in favor of you.

  3. download minecraft

    May 9th, 2019 at 22:42

    Your style is really unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from.

    Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark this blog.

  4. g

    May 11th, 2019 at 12:43

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The text in your content seem to be running off the screen in Safari.

    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but
    I thought I’d post to let you know. The style and design look great though!
    Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Many thanks

  5. g

    May 11th, 2019 at 13:38

    Great article, just what I needed.

  6. download minecraft

    May 12th, 2019 at 09:21

    Link exchange is nothing else except it is just placing
    the other person’s website link on your page at appropriate place
    and other person will also do same in favor of you.

  7. g

    May 13th, 2019 at 18:18

    For latest information you have to pay a visit web and on web I found this
    web page as a finest web site for most recent updates.

  8. how to download minecraft

    May 14th, 2019 at 15:21

    Can I simply just say what a relief to discover someone that
    truly understands what they’re talking about on the web.

    You definitely understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important.
    A lot more people should look at this and understand this side of the
    story. I can’t believe you’re not more popular because you certainly possess the gift.

  9. minecraft for free

    May 15th, 2019 at 10:08

    Amazing blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform
    like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options
    out there that I’m completely confused .. Any tips? Appreciate it!

  10. download minecraft for free

    May 15th, 2019 at 16:30

    You can certainly see your enthusiasm in the article
    you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers
    like you who are not afraid to say how they believe.
    At all times go after your heart.

  11. how to get help in windows 10

    May 28th, 2019 at 04:06

    I constantly spent my half an hour to read this blog’s articles all the time along with a cup of coffee.

  12. gamefly free trial

    May 29th, 2019 at 08:09

    Hello! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form?

    I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having difficulty
    finding one? Thanks a lot!

  13. gamefly free trial

    June 1st, 2019 at 15:14

    Hello i am kavin, its my first occasion to commenting anyplace, when i read this article i thought i could also
    create comment due to this brilliant piece of writing.

  14. gamefly free trial

    June 2nd, 2019 at 22:09

    Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but
    I had to tell someone!

  15. gamefly free trial

    June 6th, 2019 at 05:50

    Amazing! Its in fact remarkable post, I have got much
    clear idea about from this post.

X