Want to be a famous musician? What about getting ahead at work? Maybe you just want to get a date and into a relationship. What does it take? The answer, above all, is work ethic. In fact, I previously explained why work ethic is key to success at any type of task. But, if you don’t have a good work ethic, how can you change that?
My Grandpa Bennett always used to say “you can’t fix lazy.” He believed that if a person was lazy, then good luck ever getting quality work out of him or her. I’m a little more optimistic than my grandpa. I believe that laziness can be fixed or at least lessened, just like any other personality flaw.
So, even if you are lazy and unmotivated, you can still change. Here are four tips to increase your work ethic and find success at your tasks. If you want to achieve your dreams, you’d better get on it.
Find Your Passion
When I worked at K-Mart one summer, I was put in the do-it-yourself department. I had no handyman skills and didn’t even enjoy hands on type work at that point in my life. It wasn’t exactly my passion. In fact, I didn’t even care about that type of work at all. While I was a good employee in the general sense, I didn’t go out of my way to work hard or be successful at my job.
If you want to increase your work ethic in general, then it’s best to find a career or hobby where you have some passion. That way, long hours and hard work will actually be pleasurable. For example, in my business, I put countless hours every week into my projects, including writing speaking and consultation. But, it barely seems like work since I love it. If you can find your passion and pursue it, then you’ll be more likely to work hard.
Re-framing means taking a different mentality about something. For example, getting locked out of your house at night is annoying. However, being outside at night watching the stars can be fun. Re-framing getting locked out as a chance to watch the stars can totally transform a negative experience into a positive one.
While I was at K-Mart, I tried to positively re-frame my work. Instead of focusing on the DIY aspect of the job, I instead made it about interacting with the customers. I was great with people and enjoyed talking to them, so that is the part of the job I concentrated on.
I enjoyed going in to work from that point forward and gave my all, not because it was a menial job involving tools, but because I could meet new people, charm them, and make them laugh, all activities I could do successfully. And, it lined up with K-Mart’s emphasis on customer service so everybody won.
If you are doing a job you don’t like or find difficult, then look for a way to re-frame it to be more positive. Tie it into your passion and you may actually enjoy it (and improve your work ethic in the process)! Social interaction is my passion and I made working at K-Mart that summer about meeting new people and helping them.
A lot of people hate work because of how they’ve done it in the past. They’ve spent hours in frustration where nothing works correctly. So, they drop out of working or find creative ways of avoiding it.
I had this experience once when I had a small tornado rip through my yard. I was cutting the downed limbs with a handsaw. And, it sucked! When I got a hold of a chainsaw, the job because much easier. I could’ve cut limbs all day with the right tools. But, with the right tools it didn’t take all day.
Find creative ways to streamline your work. Increasing your productivity not only makes your work easier and makes you look better with the boss, but it also boosts your confidence and overall work ethic.
Get Some Help
One reason I’ve always been able to work hard for my businesses is because I’ve always shared them with partners, including my brother. The burden of success didn’t just fall on me. Others shared in the passion, the glory, and, most importantly of all, the hard work.
A lot of people work very hard at something, then burn out quickly. They have no one to share the load, bounce ideas off of, or just simply to make work a little more social and fun. If you’re having trouble getting excited about work, then do it with a friend or someone you at least like. You’d be surprised how much difference it will make.
Increase Work Ethic
So, while my grandfather may have been right about the value of hard work, I think he was wrong about his view that lazy people can’t change. If you really want to change, combine that drive with these tips to increase and help your work ethic, and you should make laziness a thing of the past. And find the ability to work hard in your future.