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Black Enterprise May 2011 : Page 114

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q —Tamara E. Holmes TENNILLE M. ROBINSON’S TIP OF THE MONTH Unhappy at Work? Stop Going Through the Motions It’s easy to stay com-mitted when you’re doing something you are passionate about. But what if you’re among the 84% of employees who, according to a Manpower survey released in Decem-ber, plan to look for a new job this year because they’re unhappy where they are? Being in a situation that’s not a manifestation of your interests or conducive to your growth can be det-rimental to your personal well-being. Such negative scenarios can become a breeding ground for apathy and resent-ment. It can also hurt your professional performance—something you want to guard against even if you’re looking at walking out the door. Rhoda Smackum, a Laurel, Maryland-based career coach, emphasizes that if you’re unmotivated, “you’re less likely to showcase your skills and the value that you bring.” (“Why Should I Care?” Motivation, March 2009) You need to determine what could keep you motivated in the meantime and how you could be at your best. If passion for your job is still at a low, try reinvigorat-ing your interest by taking on a new role, learning a new skill, or adjusting your professional network. CONTACT TENNILLE M . ROBINSON AT MIND GAMES: HOW TO FIND A SPORT FOR MENTAL TOUGHNESS Taking up a sport or athletic activity can help people work on their coping skills, improve their work ethic, and learn to persevere and overcome adversity, says Jamie E. Robbins, a sports psychologist and co-author of It’s a Mental Thing! 5 Keys to Enhancing Performance & Enjoying Sport (Excellence in Performance; $14.95). If you’re thinking of using athletics to gain a mental edge, consider the following tips: Look past the sports you know. It might seem coun-terintuitive, but “you have to fi nd something that is uncomfortable and get comfortable doing it,” says Rhadi Ferguson, a corporate coach and former Olym-pian. By doing something that’s out of your comfort zone, you’ll gain confi dence that you can excel at other challenges in life. See a specifi c goal through. Whether it’s mastering an advanced yoga class or achieving a black belt in karate, commit to the sport until you’ve achieved a specifi c task, Ferguson says. “Athletes’ stopping points are fur-ther back than the normal individual so it looks like the stuff that they’re doing is absolutely amazing but what they’re doing is achievable because they don’t stop.” Enjoy the process as much as the win. In sports, you spend more time practicing and training than you do winning or achieving a goal, says Chris Janzen, who coaches triathletes on the mental side of the sport through his site, Triathletemind.com. Learning to enjoy the journey helps develop patience and an appreciation for daily life. —T. E. H. life@blackenterprise.com. 114 MAY 2011 • WWW.BLACKENTERPRISE.COM

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