Only 20% of americans “Love” their jobs. Are you part of the 20% or 80%?
This is a problem because when we love what we do we reap far more personal satisfaction from our career and invest more of ourselves. One researcher, Dr. Mark Herbst says when we “fall in love” with what we do for a living it brings us joy and purpose.
Dr. Herbst also did a study where he had volunteers who were deeply in love view pictures of their loved ones. Just the sight of the photograph would deactivate the amygdala [uh-mig-duh-luh], which is the brains fear center. When this occurs you are calm and focused, it’s “relaxed happiness,” the opposite of fear.(1) By the way, according to 1 John 4:18, “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear.” Isn’t it amazing that when we encounter God’s love within our brains the emotion of fear is cast out!
Fear & Anxiety are great distractions in the workplace and are major factors to the reason that 80% of americans do not love what they do?
So what’s something practical that we can all do today? How about loving and encouraging one another in the workplace?
“When the environment at work is one of encouragement, and one that meets the basic human needs to live, to learn, to feel valued and significant, we do more than just survive — we thrive.” – Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last
So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now.
Now, brothers and sisters, we ask you to appreciate those who work hard among you, who lead you in the Lord and teach you.Respect them with a very special love because of the work they do.
Live in peace with each other. We ask you, brothers and sisters, to warn those who do not work. Encourage the people who are afraid (FEAR). Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. Be sure that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to do what is good for each other and for all people.
Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:11-18
1. Hogshead, Sally. How the World Sees You. New York: HyperCollins, 2014.
The Four Oxen and the Lion An Aesop’s Fable
A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.
Notice when the oxen made a circle they were “safe.” In a recent book I’ve read entitled Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek advocates for leadership in businesses and organizations to create a “Circle of Safety.”
As leaders, we can’t necessarily control the “dangers” from outside the organization, but we can try to avoid “dangers” inside the organization. Dangers like: an attitude of survival of the “fittest”, selfish ambitions, intimidation, isolation, distrust, paranoia, offense, rejection and unforgiveness.
In summary, our working environment should be a circle of safety where:
- People have a strong culture of shared values and beliefs
- People have a sense of belonging
- People have the power to make decisions
- People trust each other
- People empathize and care about each other
The Bible would agree with this type of environment especially among Christians.
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other, and forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, forgive that person because the Lord forgave you.Even more than all this, clothe yourself in love. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity.Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking, because you were all called together in one body to have peace. Always be thankful.