5 ways to transform your attitude toward work

By Dr. Randy Carlson

Do you love your job?

If you answered no, then you’re not alone. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 13% of employees are engaged at work. That is to say, only 13 in every 100 people feel passionate about what they do.

It’s a sad statistic. And one which doesn’t line up with Scripture.

“Whatever you do,” says the apostle Paul, “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).

So how can we put God’s Word into practice? How can you and I intentionally serve Christ wholeheartedly day by day?

Let me share 5 key principles that will transform your attitude toward work:

  1. Just do a little bit more: Be prepared to go the extra mile with a little bit more consideration, a little bit more effort, a little bit more attention. You’ll be amazed how a small amount of extra effort can make such a big difference!
  2. Sharpen your skills: Complacency is a formidable enemy! Fight against it by making sure you’re always growing. Our goal should be to constantly develop our understanding, abilities and effectiveness.
  3. Shape solutions, don’t just find faults:Identifying problems is easy to do. Implementing answers is a whole different ball game. Resolve to be someone who shapes solutions rather than simply finding faults.
  4. Listen well to others: This is indispensible! Listen with your whole being, truly seeking to understand what others are saying. Try to see it their way first before you expect them to see it your way.
  5. Pray for your coworkers: Prayer changes hearts. When you pray for your boss, your coworkers or your employees, it changes their hearts… and it changes yours!

Focus on one of these principles each day of the work week, and it won’t be long before your attitude starts to change.

And you’ll also find that you can put these principles to work in every area of life—within your family, at church and in your community.

You’ll soon find that “Whatever you do,” your heart will be in it, because “you are serving the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).

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