THERE has been much talk recently about the ethical issue of whether it is right to sell human organs in exchange for financial remuneration. The key argument of those who are against organ trading is that a human being is not a commodity whose parts can be bought or sold.
But what about the majority of us who work as employees in organisations? Aren't we also dispensing an exhaustible commodity - our time? Isn't anyone who works for a wage also selling part of his life?
When you sign the contact and agree to work for an organisation, you actually agree to sell a period of your time to provide a service for a price.
During the agreed working hours, you no longer have the right to do the things you want to do, and are expected to perform the tasks given to you. In truth, you have sold part of your life to the organisation.
Although it is true that a man (or woman) has to make a living and needs to work and get paid, here is the real question: Is it possible to have a different attitude towards work? An attitude that doesn't make you feel as though you have been bought for a price? What can you do so you don't feel like you are selling your life away?
Let me give you another perspective. What if you do the things you love to do and would do for free, and still get paid for it? Would this not eliminate the need to "work for a living"?
Once you get into a career that you love, you will feel that you are living each day the way you have always wanted to - and are getting paid anyway.
The highest paid people in any industry usually love what they are doing - the actor who is paid $25 million to star in a movie loves being in front of the camera; a highly paid entertainer comes alive each time he is on stage; a successful lawyer thrives under pressure in the courtroom.
When you are in a job that enables you to play by your strengths, you are likely to shine in that position. The right job matters.
But what if you are already in a certain career and circumstances do not enable you to switch careers? All is not lost. You simply need to re-engineer your attitude. If you can raise your passion for the job you are in, you will start getting excited about it.
Making your job seem new again requires a few simple but important steps.
Motivated simply means "finding a reason". If you can find a reason for your actions on any task you have to do, you will start getting excited about doing it.
The reasons could be anything from financial remuneration to having the ability to help someone, recognition, a sense of achievement or as the means to getting a job promotion.
As long as there is a reason, it will keep you motivated. This means you believe that doing a particular task could directly or indirectly lead you to your ultimate goal.
Build great relationships
Many people miss out on the chance to have great relationships with the good people around them. Most people are too task-oriented and end up hurting others trying to achieve their goals.
Building relationships makes the office environment a warm and wonderful place to be in.
Having a great working environment is like going into a social oasis each day.
In many cases, employees are not attracted to new job offers because they are happy with the social environment in their current workplace. They find it hard to leave their colleagues, who have become very good friends.
Seek new challenges
Although some people prefer a routine job and like to do things they are familiar with, you might just be the opposite and love new challenges.
If you find your work becoming routine, let your superior know that you would be more than happy to try out new tasks that give you added challenges in your work. Who knows, you and your boss might discover new talents hidden within you.
You know you are a motivated employee when you look forward to going to work each morning. Do yourself a favour by finding exciting reasons to be motivated at your workplace.
And remember, attitudes are contagious, so you may just make the whole environment a lot more motivated too.