Finding Your Passion at Work
You have two options to get that work passion mojo – find a job that you’re passionate about, or find passion in the job you have now. But how do you it?
I’ll never forget the day I got my first promotion. I was excited, eager, happy, ambitious – you name a positive emotion, and I was probably feeling it! I jumped right into my work. I felt like I had found my calling and was on my way to a long and fruitful career in Management. However, as the months passed, I found myself succumbing to the stresses of 12 hour days, HR issues, budget crunches, and more.
The passion I once had for the job was gone, but the job itself certainly wasn’t going anywhere. It was on a precious day off where it hit me – I could either find a new job that filled me with passion, or I could find passion in the job I currently had. I made it my mission to pursue the latter.
Finding passion in the job that you’re doing is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. By creating that passion, you can once again find your happiness and sense of purpose at work. It’s not always easy, and it takes patience, but the reward is well worth the effort.
Here are the steps you can take to reclaim your passion at work, and how I managed to do it for myself.
Define what passion means to you.
Passion is different for everyone, and it’s important that you do a deep dive to define it for yourself. Ask yourself what makes you happy? What do you like to do to make a difference? What kind of jobs would you take if money weren’t an issue? This step takes some soul searching.
My passion is helping people grow and overcome obstacles. Being able to make an impact in someone’s life definitely brings me happiness! I’m fortunate to be doing what I love most, which is coaching. That is what I’d be doing regardless of the money. What keeps me going, and striving for more, is that my ultimate dream is to be able to travel the world while running my business.
Remember why you took the job when you started.
Put yourself back in your shoes on day one of this job. What brought a smile to your face on the first day of work? What did you set out to accomplish when you took this job? What have you achieved in your time in this position? What more can you learn from this role?
For me, I loved having the power to make critical business decisions, knowing that the success of the business was in my hands. What I had forgotten was that in those first six months, I took over a failing department and brought it back to life. I realized that I had grown quite bored, as profits became steady and my daily routine grew monotonous. I reached out to my manager and asked to learn more about other aspects of the business, and was able to spend time working with the Marketing team, which gave me something to look forward to again.
Bring your passions to work.
Find ways to incorporate the things you are most passionate about into your everyday work. Don’t let the job description limit what you do. If you have a passion for charity, take the lead on organizing a group project at your office. Share your ideas with your boss if you’re looking for a change.
I was passionate about mentoring, so I took it upon myself to work one on one with a different member of my staff each week to help them grow in their roles. This ended up growing into a full-fledged Leadership Development program that was implemented regionally within the company. You never know what your passions will lead you to!
Talk it out.
In the all too common search for the elusive ‘perfect job’ we often lose sight of the good things in the work we’re currently doing. Often just talking to someone who understands where you’re coming from can help you immensely. They can offer you a different perspective, a sense of comradery, or a should to lean on. Most importantly, you’ll have someone who’s there for you and on your side. Talking things out with my friends helped me figure out my passions much faster than I could have done it on my own.
Find ways to decompress outside of work.
Acknowledge your frustration, and don’t try to bottle it up. Having an outlet for that frustration will help you overcome it. Do whatever takes your mind off of work – take up a new hobby, play with your children or pets, listen to music. Experiment until you find what brings you the most stress relief.
My outlet is taking long, technology free walks in the park. The Japanese have a name for this – shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing – and it’s proven to reduce stress and promote well-being. It helps me when I feel stuck or uninspired too. Sometimes just getting up and having a change in scenery can work wonders.
So there you have it, five steps to taking back your passion at work. There is no timeline for this, nor magic wand, but know that it is possible, and you can do it!
I’d love to hear your stories of finding your passion! Let me know in the comments below.