Having the right attitude at work can do many incredible things to your life and your career – it helps you meet goals, get some sort of career advancement, and just enjoy your job more! Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to have a job that we love. So how are you supposed to keep a positive attitude if you don’t love what you’re doing? Here are some tips any career coaching professional would say you can use to stay positive at work:

1. Seek help professionally and in a timely manner.

Nobody wants to have a chronic complainer in the workplace, of course. But this doesn’t mean that you should keep mum about the things at work that affect your performance. If you don’t speak up whenever there is a problem, you cannot expect anyone to fix it. When you report a problem, remember to be professional about it. Avoid overly criticizing a co-worker, for instance, and see to it that you approach your boss with proposed solutions also, and not just complaints.

2. Get enough quality sleep.

Not many people know it, but being deprived of good quality sleep can make you grumpy during daytime. And when you’re grumpy, it becomes harder to have a positive attitude. If you’re having a hard time falling asleep, there may be certain changes you need to make in your lifestyle. With some sort of coaching and a lot of self-discipline, it is always possible to get the kind and amount of sleep your body requires to perform at its best.

3. Identify and eliminate negative thoughts.

It is important to have an awareness of your own thoughts, actions and even words. If you notice that you often doubt your skills and abilities, it’s time that you change this kind of mindset. Remember that whatever it is that’s in your head will reflect in what you do. Everything starts with your thoughts, so you may as well focus more on the bright side of everything.

4. Pay attention to your stress level.

It is never easy to maintain balance between work and family, but you should always make an extra effort to do so. You may not feel that you’re overstressed, but with the workload you have and the many responsibilities you’ve got, there’s no doubt that you are. Make it a habit to give time for yourself every weekend, perhaps. Think of an activity that you love doing -- something that makes you happy and relaxed. This will help lessen your stress and will also give you renewed energy for the week ahead.

5. Always remember that your job is just a job.

No matter what your role in an organization is, at the end of the day, it is just a job. What you do at work does not define you as a person. If you don’t enjoy your job as much as you would like to, then you should not let it affect your life and relationships outside work! Spend more time with people who matter to you and just have fun. Yes, it is important to work towards career advancement, but like what any career coaching expert would say, it is also vital that you appreciate the things not related to your job!

Author's Bio: 

Cecile Peterkin is a certified career and retirement coach, and a registered member of the Career Professionals of Canada and the International Coach Federation. She is also the Founder and Senior Career Strategist at Cosmic Coaching Centre, provider of career and life management services for middle managers and mid-career professionals across Canada, United States and Europe.