Finding Inner Peace

Authentic happiness, sound nice, doesn’t it?

Your happiness depends on your inner state of consciousness.  Your happiness does not depend on what you do, but it does depend on how you do it.

Unhappy at Work

Although I have written about happiness at work before, I have not gone very deep into the need for happiness or the reason why we need to be happy at work.  People who love their job are at such a tremendous advantage over those who do not.  The difference between the two is not the job; it is about the mental approach to the job.

Let’s assume for a moment that you hate your job.  Thoughts like “I do not get paid enough,” “work is boring,” and “I do not like what I do,” are all examples of what your mind is telling you about your job.

Remember, your mind is not your friend.  These thoughts are from your mind, and they have nothing to do with the job.  They have to do with what you think about your job.  Other people have the same job, and they may love the job.

Fight or Flight

A person in the mental state of being unhappy about their job has two options.  They need to decide to fight the thought that their mind is telling them to hate their job or quit and find a new job.

If they decide to fight, then they need to begin working on finding a level of inner peace that will allow them to separate their mind and the negative thoughts that it generates about the actual job.

As an employer or manager, we occasionally have employees who hate their job.  Since we want employees who are happy at work, our responsibility is to convince these employees to fight the thoughts about hating their job or look for work elsewhere.

Tips for Finding and Maintaining Inner Peace.

Here are several good suggestions that managers can pass along to employees who are struggling with being happy in their jobs.

Set limits. If your life is overfilled, you need to set limits on what more you will take on. Stop doing things that honestly don’t matter that much. Set a limit for how many times you will check inboxes, Instagram, Twitter, etc. per day. And say no if you don’t have the.

Other Tips include:

 

    1. Find a relaxation technique that works for you. Many people like belly breathing and working out to release tensions and recharge during the day. Others like long walks, music, yoga, meditation, and swimming. Do whatever works for you.
    2. Don’t make mountains out of molehills. Turning small issues into hysteria adds a lot of unnecessary stress. When facing what looks like a mountain, ask yourself questions like, “Does someone on the planet have it worse than me right now?” and “Will this matter in 5 years?” These questions help you to zoom out and realize that things may not be that bad.
    3. Be 10 minutes early. Few things are as stressful as rushing in fear of being late.
    4. Ask instead of guessing. Reading minds is pretty much impossible. But, we often try it and create anxiety, uncertainty, and misguided conclusions for ourselves. So, ask and communicate instead.
    5. Solve a problem that is weighing you down. Don’t procrastinate anymore. Solve your problem, and release it and all the underlying stress and tension that it is creating in your life. Most likely you probably already know what to do, you are just not doing it yet.

Remember “one thing at a time.” Keeping those words in mind and let them guide you through your day. In the end, you will be less stressed and more focused.

 

The Bible

The Bible has been a source of inner peace for centuries.  Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), and God is called the “God of All Peace” (Romans 15:13, Galatians 6:16).

In the Bible, peace is not the absence of conflict but is the presence of God.  The word peace in the Bible actually means “to tie together as a whole, when all the parts are joined together.”  Inner peace would then mean “a wholeness of mind and spirit, a whole heart at rest.”

Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22), and when God comes to live in a person’s heart, God produces His own characteristic within that person.  We can have inner peace in the midst of challenges when we remember Romans 8:28.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

The peace that shown in the Bible is exactly like the peace we want to have while working.  Use the tools suggested, but also try the Bible and see if God can help you find peace.