Thursday, January 29, 2009

Allergic to Processes

There are people that just can’t appreciate nor know the value of processes.  Some people like their work environment, the people they work with, some parts of their job BUT certainly do not enjoy following procedures nor the repetitive processes.  Is there really a job where you simply apply your skills and do what you like doing and leave behind things that give you serious dose of boredom [such as processes]????  Does this sound familiar?  :)

This is not all that uncommon as I’ve worked with people that just can’t stand processes.  Sometimes, they intentionally circumvent processes to cut things short or cut corners for whatever reason [valid or not].  Sometimes, we may not realize it but there are parts of the job we love that goes through process that makes the job itself great!  If we just shift our focal point from these “processes” to the real PAYOFF or reward, it’s then we’ll see the value of processes.  We all have our own set of “struggles” but these are no different than that of any other professionals.  For example, I challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone and try something new and foreign to me which is Ballroom/Latin Dance with the goal to compete 6 months from the time I started.  I certainly did not enjoy the long hours of practice and step-by-step process I must repeat again and again and again to get it right.  It sure wasn’t fun.  It was exhausting, painful, and left me with 2 bunions to press on as I execute each step.  No fun but no pain, no gain!  :)  What got me through all of that was setting my mind on the end goal which was the payoff or reward — to compete.  On the day of the competition, I felt great because I made it!  Win or lose on that day, I knew I met my goal…  be on that dance floor and compete at the California Star Ball.  It was great!  The best part of it all was the experience of placing in all the heats I was in.  16 first place, 5 second place, and 3 third place.  Take note, this would’ve not happened if I didn’t learn the basic process of learning how to walk then dance on those 3 inch heeled dance shoes.  :)  Now, even though dance is still a challenge, it’s manageable.  :)

Regardless of what job, what title, what company, etc., there will always be something that we prefer doing and things that we’d rather not do, especially if given the option or opportunity.  Every job has its irritating, mundane tasks that is the least of our favorite thing to do.  However, it’s not to say that you do not have the capability to focus on the end goal.  All these little things contribute to the bigger picture and are important to reach a goal, so why fixate on the process?

Regardless how boring or tedious some parts of your job is, in reality, it’s just up to you on what you make out of the experience.  If it’s too mundane, think of ways on how you can make it exciting and fun!  Do not focus on what you do not like or what you do not enjoy as this type of negative energy can take root leading to frustration and eventually will disengage you from becoming or bringing out the best in you.  Focus on the rewards of your efforts, not the processes.

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