If you freeze at the very thought of being asked… “What would you like to do for a job?” or “what would be your perfect work situation?” then fear not… you’re not alone.
This is perfectly normal and here’s the reason why.
When you’re hating your job, or you’re commuting to a place that sucks the soul out of you or you’re dealing with a colleague who is making your daily work life a misery, then trying to figure out what the perfect job or ideal work situation would be is the last thing you can focus on or even begin to start on.
You’ve gone into survival auto-pilot my friend. It happens to the best of us.
Stress takes over, frustration and despair kick in that you can’t even think past next week, let alone where you want to be in 6 months!
Let me share something with you… there’s a neat little trick that you can do right away to help you with both of these situations.
Yes, it’s been going on for years and if like me you were told off for day-dreaming as a child, I’m here to tell you that research shows that day-dreaming in fact has HUGE health benefits.
See, day-dreaming is a sign of brain efficiency. It offers mental health benefits that reduce stress and can increase your creativity. Pretty cool huh?
Here’s the science bit.., your brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and day-dreaming. So the more you day-dream, the greater you increase your reality.
Ok, let’s put this into practice…
If there’s a situation taking place at work right now that’s causing you stress and upset, take a moment to day-dream and think how you would like that to play out. Bring as much animation to your day-dream as possible; who is with you, specific conversations, where you are, what you can hear and what the outcome is.
Or perhaps you want to be doing more fulfilling work, or have a less intense commute time. Whatever it is for you right now, day-dream away on how you would like it to play out.
You can sit with your thoughts and allow them to play over in your mind or if you want to take it a step further you can write it out in a journal or notebook. Keep reading it over and playing it through.
Not only are you helping to shift a bad day or situation at work, but you have the potential to bring your day-dreams to life!
Now, I’d love to hear how you get on with this exercise, so be sure to leave me a comment here and let me know what insight you’re turning into action and how you’re going to apply this in your work life.