HOW TO BRING THE REAL YOU TO WORK
HAPPINESS CONSULTANT SAMANTHA CLARKE ON HOW TO BE YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF IN THE OFFICE
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)