5 Tips to Change Your View About Your Job

You know that sensation you get in your belly (no, not hunger)? 

The one that reminds you you're feeling slightly uneasy?

It starts there, and weaves its way up to your brain where your critical inner-voice speaks. It nags away.

"Your work isn't really having much impact."

"You're not growing in this role."

"Gosh, this role is boring, why are you trying so hard?"

You see, when you hit the Dormant phase at work, these are some of the questions your inner critic might ask.  It's what you hear yourself saying.

And your Reticular Activating System (RAS) seeks out the evidence. It helps you to affirm your beliefs. 

So, if you are saying negative things about your job to yourself, you're helping to create your own truth.

You spend a lot of time in your mind, creating future pictures.  You have thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values, dreams and memories.  You do this irrespective of your conscious awareness.
Your RAS is a bundle of nerves located at your brainstem. It filters out unnecessary information so the important stuff gets through.  (You could say it leads to you becoming a bundle of nerves, at times!)

It takes its instructions from your conscious mind. Whatever you are focusing upon will filter to your subconscious, and appear later on.

It's the reason you can tune out in David Jones’ giftware department, but immediately focus when your best friend says “Look! Shoe sale!”

Many people believe you can train your RAS by setting your intent.

According to Tobias van Schneider, 

"This basically means that if you focus hard on your goals, your RAS will reveal the people, information and opportunities that help you achieve them."

In his article, he suggests ways to retrain your RAS. van Schneider offers helpful techniques. If you adapt them for your inner thoughts about work, here's how they might go.

  1. First, think of the goal - the feelings about your work you'd like to change.

  2. Next, think about the experience or result you want to reach - what difference will that make to your life?

  3. Picture that situation in your mind. Notice the emotions, the words of your inner voice, the visuals and what is happening.

  4. Make some notes about that.

  5. Each day, journal one thing that happens at work that affirms your positive vision.

Through this process of stating your new intent, you are retraining your RAS – and ultimately your brain.

So, if you want to move yourself out of the Dormant phase, try this process. See how the 5 steps impact the way you think. 

Lacey Yeomans