Not everyone has been fortunate enough to secure employment in their chosen field or work in an area that they are passionate about. Many people work to live rather than live to work because we all have to pay the bills. If you find yourself working in a job that you don’t like or among colleagues that drive you nuts, have you considered trying to make lemonade out of lemons. The proverbial phrase when life gives you lemons, make lemonade was coined to encourage people to choose optimism and cultivating a “can-do attitude” when faced with adversity. This article will share some ideas on how you can make lemonade out of lemons at work.
1. Look for the silver lining
When someone tells you to look for the silver lining, they are suggesting that you try to find the optimistic side of a dark or depressing situation. This idea is commonly expressed as the phrase, “every cloud has a silver lining.” Of course, while you’re going through a tough situation, it’s not always so easy to find that glimmer of hope. However, if you can master the strength to at least look for something to hang on to, you can begin to make lemonade out of lemons at work. Consider the following example in a workplace situation.
- Silver Lining – If you have worked toward getting a promotion and management passed over you and promoted a colleague, you need to focus on finding the silver lining. Take your time to process the situation, but then move forward and try to see some benefits, rather than focusing on the negative aspects. You have another chance to continue to work diligently, to improve and keep working towards getting the next promotion.
2. Implement an action plan
After you have found the silver lining and you are grasping onto hope again, it is important to implement an action plan. For example, you need to ascertain how you will turn the negative situation into a positive one —which is the basis of making lemonade out of lemons. If you do not have an action plan in place, it will become easier to focus on the negativity of the situation instead of seeing all the positives. Let’s continue with the example stated above.
- Action Plan – Once you have found the silver lining in being passed over for the promotion, you need to quickly consider what your action plan is going to be. For example, make a listing of your goals for how you can begin to improve in the areas that need improvement. Part of this process involves evaluating why the situation occurred and how you can make it better.
3. Embolden your defences
This final step in the process of making lemonade out of lemons involves learning how to rebuild and revitalize your personal and professional defences. Of course, this does not mean you are putting up walls and staying isolated. Rather, you are emboldening yourself to cultivate a positive workplace environment where you can continue to grow and develop as a person. If you ever hope to succeed, you need to know how to learn from the situations that happen in your life. You can either become a victim or a victor of your circumstances. Consider how you could become an emboldened victor in the example discussed below.
- Embolden Yourself – Basically, you want to encourage yourself to continue to work diligently and know that circumstances will get better. It’s all about getting centered again on an optimistic viewpoint. Additionally, this process will be easier if you can surround yourself with a supportive personal and professional network while you are trying to make lemonade out of lemons. Emboldening yourself means that you will continue trying to improve as a professional and try to get that promotion.
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Have you ever had to make lemonade out of lemons while in a disheartening or gloomy workplace situation? How did you handle the circumstances?