Since I’ve been trying to deliberately use the law of attraction in my life, I’ve had a lot of success in using it to improve my work day. I work as a nurse’s aide in an assisted living facility. One day, I noticed that although I generally liked my job, I spent a lot of time resenting parts of it.
I resented spending so much time at work. I resented my co-workers when they didn’t do tasks the way I thought they should. There weren’t any big problems, but the minor habitual resentments I had, didn’t feel good. I deliberately set out to use what I’d learned about the law of attraction to feel better in my job.
It worked! After a couple of weeks of deliberately doing this, I found I was enjoying my work day more than my free time! The key was to purposely start good feelings about my job. The momentum of law of attraction would continue and expand those good feelings.
Here’s how you can use the law of attraction to improve your work-life.
1. Pre-pave the day
Improving my work day started with a decision to feel good. As I got ready for work, I would tell myself that I was going to have an easy, pleasant day at work. I kept it general. I didn’t try to rehearse any specific situation. I just tried to imagine feeling good at work and having an easy, pleasant day.
In law of attraction circles, this is called pre-paving. You deliberately decide how you want a certain situation to be and you imagine that situation unfolding as you have chosen.
Visualization is a popular way of pre-paving. People pre-pave with visualization by imagining the details and the feel of an event unfolding as they wish. Sports figures often use visualization to improve their performance. I once read about a study where athletes who only visualized improving their game, made as much progress in their skills, as comparable athletes who only practiced their skills physically.
I didn’t find it necessary to get into detailed visualization to improve my work day. I just practiced how I wanted to feel emotionally.
The heart of my practice to improve my work day, was to deliberately appreciate my job. I have an old habit of forgetting about what is going well in my life, and focusing on what isn’t going well. This practice of appreciation, deliberately countered that old habit.
I started by listing, in my mind, the things I do like about my job. I found that my commute to work was the perfect time to do this. I have a beautiful commute to work, through forest and farmland, so it is easy to appreciate the drive.
I appreciated that my job allowed me to earn enough money to pay my bills. I appreciated that I was doing work that I had chosen because I liked it and it was easy for me. The building I work in is pretty and well kept. I get free meals at work which is a wonderful benefit. I like the people I work with. I like spending my time taking care of people. That allows me to sing and act silly in the course of my day. It entertains the residents and me.
I’ve found that focusing on what I like about my job makes the annoyances fade in comparison. After some time of doing this practice, I did find that my work day was improved, but still sometimes unpleasant due to conflicts with co-workers. I discovered that appreciation was a good remedy for those conflicts too.
There was one particular co-worker with whom I was getting into frequent, ridiculous arguments. I thought that her behavior was mostly to blame, but that didn’t help me. After one particularly upsetting argument, I was desperate for a solution.
I spent some time writing about the situation to try to understand it. I eventually decided to try to appreciate what I liked about her. I started with some general statements. I was glad that she worked there, otherwise we would be short staffed and my job would be harder. I appreciated that she was reliable. I appreciated the ways that she was good at her job. I appreciated the pleasant interactions we had in the past.
Eventually, this appreciation of my co-worker dwarfed my irritation at our latest argument and I could feel good about working with her again. I was a little nervous the next time I saw her, but tried to stay open. The first thing she did when I saw her, was give me a big hug and say she was sorry. Our relationship was much easier for me from then on.
I’ve found this appreciation of my co-workers to be a useful tool for getting through my days at work. Whenever someone’s behavior bothers me, I immediately think about what I appreciate about them. When my irritation is gone, I can solve problems with them in a spirit of cooperation rather than animosity.
3. Stay in the moment
In The Power of Now, Eckart Tolle talks about how fear and anger are not possible if we are living in the present moment. We fear what might happen in the future and we get angry about what has happened in the past. Neither apply when we’re fully inhabiting the present moment.
I love this idea of finding peace in the present moment. I found it helped me a lot at work.
Staying in the moment helps with my interactions with other human beings. My work is about helping people with varied health conditions, so it’s good to stay flexible. Staying in the moment allows me to approach each interaction with fresh eyes. I can see new solutions to problems when I’m not blinded by habitual, old approaches that have failed.
Being in the moment halts any negative momentum that I have going from past situations. The moment is new, so I can start momentum in ways that feel good to me.
Using these simple techniques has made a huge difference in my work day. I generally enjoy myself at work now. When I start to have difficulty again, I always find that it’s because I’ve fallen into old habits. It gets easier and easier to apply these new techniques, develop new habits and feel good. I hope these techniques help you improve your work life too!