Hap­pi­ness traps and how to avoid them:

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● Over­worked? Set bound­aries Ask your­self why you are work­ing so much. Is it re­ally be­cause you have to? Or is it a habit? Put in some bound­aries – when you want to work, how you want to work and then dis­ci­pline your­self to stick to it.

● Chas­ing a pay rise over Check you in­se­cu­rity

We all work for money. But the de­ci­sion to choose money over hap­pi­ness is fu­elled by hap­pi­ness? in­se­cu­rity. Money, we think, will fool peo­ple into be­liev­ing we are de­serv­ing of our suc­cess. In­stead, see money as an out­come that fol­lows our good work, rather than a goal in it­self.

● Am­bi­tious? Make sure its for the right thing

Am­bi­tion is good, but only if it is geared to­wards the right thing for you. Suc­cess isn’t re­ally suc­cess when we de­fine it as a win-lose, zero-sum game. Do some­thing for the wrong rea­son and it can hurt our abil­ity to lead ef­fec­tively.

● Do some­thing be­cause you want to, not be­cause you ‘should’

This trap is per­va­sive be­cause it’s tied to how we learn to live in so­ci­ety and our or­gan­i­sa­tions. But some of the cul­tural rules that guide us at work are out­dated and de­struc­tive. One ques­tion to ask your­self is: do these rules that I am fol­low­ing fit with who I am – yes or no? If no, why am I do­ing it? ● Feel­ing help­less at work? Find a friend It takes blind faith and courage to take ac­tion when we be­lieve we are un­able to in­flu­ence our world.

Find a friend who will be able to give you back a con­fi­dent im­age of your­self, and who will sup­port your be­liefs and re­mind you what you de­serve. — The Daily Tele­graph

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