An increasing number of people are finding that they really do not enjoy their work and are looking for excuses to avoid showing up every day. Simply coming down with the flu does not carry as much weight as it used to. Of course your car could always break down, your home could catch fire or one of your kids (or all of them) could be sick with a rare disease, requiring you to put your own life in danger to tend to their well-being.
If you are really creative however, you might be able to convince a friend to shoot you in the shoulder like http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080301/ap_on_fe_st/odd_inflicted_sick_leavehttp://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080301/ap_on_fe_st/odd_inflicted_sick_leave">http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080301/ap_on_fe_st/odd_inflicted_sick_leave did in Washington State. Apparently he wanted some time off as well as to avoid a drug testing.
Have you seen the recent TV commercials by Monster.com? One creative spot shows an entire town waking before sunrise in a panic and taking ordinary, shiny household items to the top of a hill in an attempt to reflect the coming sun back upon itself, thus avoiding the beginning of Monday and the start of a new workweek.
When the sun rises anyway, everyone turns dejectedly and walks back to their homes in order to get ready for work.
If your work is having a similar effect on you, take a step back to contemplate why you work in the first place. Sure, bills need to get paid and your family should be taken care of. But shouldn't your work really be an extension of your life?
What would it look like to wake before your alarm on Monday excited for a new workweek? That is what I do and I would not have it any other way. Instead of planning your life around your work, plan your work around your life.
You may find it helpful to clarify the "what" (your passion) and then work on developing the "how-to" (the plan to get you there). You will be happy you did!.
Justin Lukasavige is a Personal & Business Coach and owner of Lukas Coaching. Visit
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