HOW TO BRING THE REAL YOU TO WORK

HAP­PI­NESS CON­SUL­TANT SA­MAN­THA CLARKE ON HOW TO BE YOUR AU­THEN­TIC SELF IN THE OF­FICE

ELLE (UK) - - The Conversation -

Life and work bound­aries are get­ting blurry. It’s im­por­tant that you bring your au­then­tic self to work; it ben­e­fits the qual­ity of your work and aids your per­sonal growth. Save your­self the time and en­ergy by drop­ping the mask, and stop com­part­men­tal­is­ing. Your hap­pi­ness at work re­lies on you show­ing up au­then­ti­cally, stat­ing your be­liefs and putting your best self out there. When you main­tain a show for oth­ers, it will be­gin to irk you in ways you won’t al­ways re­alise. Your col­leagues will be­come wary of your char­ac­ter, and rather than giv­ing your work your all, you will end up just ex­ist­ing and feel un­sat­is­fied. You are the founder of your own hap­pi­ness, so be bold, and be the real you. Here’s how.

1. SEEK OUT WHAT MAT­TERS TO YOU

If it mat­ters to you out­side of work, then it should also matter to you in­side the of­fice. If you don’t es­tab­lish your val­ues and stick to them at work, you will be swayed eas­ily and your col­leagues won’t know your be­liefs or learn to re­spect them, or you.

2. EN­VI­SION YOUR LEGACY

If you have a vi­sion for the type of per­son you want to be and the rep­u­ta­tion you want to leave be­hind, carry this same sense of pur­pose­ful­ness into your ac­tions at work. It builds con­sis­tency and trust with those around you, and it cuts out am­bi­gu­ity.

3. IDEN­TIFY WHAT EACH MO­MENT IN LIFE IS TEACH­ING YOU

Be­ing your whole true self means con­nect­ing dif­fer­ent parts and pat­terns of your life. Lessons you learn in your per­sonal life ap­ply to your work life, and vice versa. How dif­fi­cult are you to deal with per­son­ally? What be­hav­iours do you see creep­ing into work? What changes do you make out­side that can be ap­plied at work?

4. USE ALL YOUR RE­SOURCES

Bring your strengths, skills, in­sights and con­tacts from dif­fer­ent parts of your life to help meet any need or goal at work. Do you show great em­pa­thy to your part­ner in times of need? Do the same for your col­leagues. Love to con­nect friends with great in­sights and ideas? Of­fer to help col­leagues solve tricky prob­lems. It’s a win-win for all. Sa­man­tha Clarke is launch­ing a Growth and Hap­pi­ness school in October (growthand­hap­pi­ness.co)

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