A New Year Personal Morale Check-up
In our last article, A New Year Relationship Check-up, we suggest looking at the new year as a time to evaluate how your interpersonal relationships – in particular, your relationship with your significant other – are doing and to decide if there is anything you can be doing differently or better. In that vein, let this be our challenge to you do the same with your morale.
How is your morale doing? What are the factors that contribute to your morale level? If your morale is low, what is in your power to change or mitigate the things that bring it down? If you were in your boss’s boots, how would you honestly rate you on the average/good/exceptional/malcontent scale? Do you still enjoy going to work each day, or is it a dreaded chore to pull yourself out of bed and into the uniform? Is your career choice the fulfillment of a dream or a regretted disappointment?
The simple fact is that we are not always going to be happy. It’s an inescapable truth we will all go through times of low morale, or questioning our choices, or wishing for something different. What is really most important to our overall morale and happiness, however, is how we choose to deal with these uncomfortable truths.
I’ve been there. So has Althea in her chosen profession. Surviving low morale is a skill set in its own right and one that’s critical for a successful career and life, and the first step is honest self-assessment. In the ongoing mission to address officer wellness, we will look certainly deeper at morale and how to boost it in coming articles, but for now we start with this question: