How’s it that some people are no longer excited to get up in the morning, put in their best work, or even tell anyone about what they do? Well, let’s just say they’ve lost that loving feeling.
We sometimes feel like life’s hard and we’re just living in it—in the sense that there are jobs everywhere, but not just the kind we want or how we envisioned them.
Try these tips to bring some life back into your job. And who knows, you might fall in love with it while at it!
We all naturally want to love our work. Which is why, as humans, we are most engaged in what challenges us. Take responsibility for creating the conditions for this to occur, not wait for it to happen. Switch from thinking about work from a reactive perspective to a proactive one and create a fulfilling job for yourself.
Generally, you are proactive while job searching or pitching for a project, but once the work begins, you go into reactive mode. Sit down and ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing to me?’ Then decide not to allow a dip in your day-to-day activities. Loving what you do requires a daily active commitment.
Loving your job requires that you find fulfillment in what you’re best at (your talent). How do you do this? By taking some time to reflect on what your impact is with every task. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a noble cause like alleviating world hunger. Are you delivering great customer service or improving the company’s brand awareness? Maybe you’re just helping someone have a great day—whatever it is, take a moment to just accept the impact you might be having.
It’s simply how you do what you do: Your thought process, and your problem-solving skills. Your purpose is not exactly as lofty as it sounds. It’s simply about the type of impact that gives you fulfillment. Be able to identify a core challenge you have had on the job, help others with it, and introduce fulfillment that instant.
It’s your call
The main takeaway is this: It’s your choice whether to love your job or not. Maybe it’s time you took a step back and approached your job from a different angle. What can you do to make your job more interesting? Address the lack of interest because, what manager wants an employee who is bored at their job?
In the extreme case, lack of love for one’s job may mean getting a new one. But before you do that, make an effort to create the kind of job experience you dream of.