08 January 2010

New Years Resolutions: The Negative Side

While I know that everyone and their brother probably wrote their New Years Resolution blog weeks ago I've been thinking more and more about mine.  

We did this activity at work where we were supposed to write both personal and professional goals and in the coming weeks we're supposed to work in our 1:1s to make them come together.  

The one that I want to talk about here is this:

"I want to be more positive about my position (as in stop being negative).  I want to feel that I am needed and that my work is valued."
But the more I think about it the more I'm wondering if this is even an attainable goal.  Goals are supposed to be measurable.  And something with the words "feel" and "valued" doesn't really create many measurable guidelines.  

Secondly, what does it mean to "feel needed?"  I know what I meant in this instance because I wrote them 2 days ago when we did this exercise.  However, when we evaluate these things several months from now will my definition of this have changed?

And of course, the most important question of all.  Is it even possible for people to feel positive about their work.  I know, maybe generally you think that what you do is important and you chose your particular job because of that but let's be honest.  I'm still going to complain of being tired when I arrive at 8am, I'm still going to begrudge the 8-5 regularity and lack of spontaneity such a job creates.  So on a daily basis aren't I just going to continue to complain about the mundane things that are the foundation of any office employment?  

So in reality....have I created an impossible goal?  Or is it possible to reach something as vague and immeasurable as this goal now seems to be?

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