Get Your Verve Back

When I was asked to write a blog and this topic came to mind, I immediately pushed it aside and went in search of another topic.  My thought was that this topic is better suited for a personal or self-help blog, and not for a security blog. However, I came to the conclusion that this topic applies to life in general—the security world included. When we were younger, we wanted to be teachers, firemen, policemen, veterinarians, etc.  We talked about our dream constantly, read about it, and talked with those who were already where we wanted to be.  We worked at it, looking forward to that day when it would become our reality.

Those dreams and goals changed as we matured and somehow morphed into something more reasonable, more achievable, more “who I have to be because… ”   I completely understand the how’s and why’s of who, what, and where we are today; I also know how discouraging it can be to look back and compare where you are to what might have been.  Not to disparage the security profession, because it is lucrative and steady, but it is none too exciting.  It would be easy to get lost in the details and sameness.

However, I want to challenge you to go back and take that old dream off the shelf, dust it off, and take another look.  That excitement, that fervor, the daydreaming and can’t-sleep-for-planning that you put into your old dream—is it possible to put at least some of that verve into what you’re doing today?  “How?” you ask. “This job has become routine, there’s no life, and it’s the same ol’ same ol’ day after day.”

I submit to you that if you change the way you think about your job, you will change how you perform it.  It reminds me of that old saying, “If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.”  Change what you think about your job and you’ll change your performance.  ‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he’ {Proverbs 23:7} also applies here.

The bottom line: infuse some new fire into what you do. Try a different approach or try seeing what you do from your client’s perspective.  Get a neutral party involved by asking how they see or how they would handle a particular situation.  Above all else, find ways to rekindle your fire.  Your dream is ultimately about you, how you view success, and how you view yourself.  Change your view and I guarantee you’ll improve your life.

Karen H. Rodgers