Each week the Monday Morning Mindset strives to help you create the mindset that is instrumental in creating your ideal week. Today, I want to talk to you about creating your ideal week.
I had two conversations within the last two weeks with engineer friends who work for a very large airplane company here in Seattle…they will go nameless. One of the things they’ve both said is that the company purports to put “people first.” But what’s become evident over the last five years it’s really more about “profit first” and people are secondary. Work has become a four-letter word for them and work is a slog to get through to the end of the week.
That is unfortunate, because I think there is an ideal day and an ideal week that is waiting for all of us. What needs to be present for you to have an ideal day? I believe there are three aspects of an ideal week you can benefit from. I also want to help you map out your ideal day. Here’s what I know.
#1. Love comes first. I know that for an ideal day to be present we have to love what we do. If I needed a surgeon, I want a surgeon who loves surgery. I don’ t want someone who simply likes surgery. Yes, you can be a good surgeon if you like your job, but you can be a REALLY good surgeon if you LOVE your work. For me, my ideal day starts with doing something I love doing.
#2. Talent comes second. My ideal day allows me to use my talents and skills every day. That doesn’t mean my days are a cakewalk. It means my day can be challenging, but because I’m learning new talents and new skills I overcome my challenges and can be successful.
#3.Value is essential. My ideal day always involves doing something that is of value to someone in such a way that they appreciate. I strive to hear “it was really helpful for you to be involved in this project and I’m grateful for your insights.”
When you think about it, these three aspects of an ideal day, even though expressed differently for each of us, make for an ideal day. What would you add to this list? By making your own “ideal day” list and crafting what your ideal work looks like, the likelihood of your achieving it goes up appreciably.
Now, the two individuals I mentioned who are exasperated with management that has profit first, it may not be possible or it may be harder there, but they can articulate in context of the environment they work what they love doing, how they will use their talents and abilities to the best of their ability, and how they will provide value to others. When you and I do this I believe you’ll achieve your ideal week.