People who are passionate about their jobs tend to be more effective and productive in completing daily work tasks. You may have started out with passion for your work and desire to get in early and leave knowing you gave your absolute best. Somewhere along the way, obstacles came into your pathway and diminished your passion for doing the work that you once loved to do. You may wonder if there is any way to get back to enjoying your job again, and there is. This article will address several ways that you can rekindle the passion for your job.
1. Step Outside The Obstacle
An obstacle at your job, such as conflict or disillusionment over stagnation, can cause you to become dispassionate about your daily tasks and make you lose interest in coming to work each day. This obstacle can grow larger through the snowball effect and start off as a small problem and slowly become a bigger one that is too overwhelming to handle. That is when the obstacle overshadows you and you need to step outside its weight in order to see clearly again. If you do not recognize that you are trapped by specific obstacles that are weighing you down, nothing will change for the better and you won’t be able to rekindle your passion for your job.
2. Reason With Yourself
The next step in the process involves reasoning with yourself so that you can come to some sort of inner consensus regarding the actual issue and problem that is stealing away your passion. You must be absolutely honest during this reasoning process or you won’t enact a positive change in your workplace environment and the passion will not be rekindled. Focus on asking yourself specific questions such as: what obstacles are ruining my motivation or how did I end up at this point of career disillusionment. The main point of this reasoning process is to ascertain your current emotional and mental position, as well as the how and why you got to that point.
3. Reconnect With Your Center
It is important that during this reasoning process, you find a way to reconnect with your center of gravity. That is the balancing point that enables you to operate on a daily basis in a professional, rational and mature matter —while expertly maintaining that work-life balance. If you are disillusioned and no longer passionate about your job, you definitely have lost the connection with your center of gravity. You can reconnect with your center by creating a log book that tracks three things—where you started, where you are and where you want to go. It is vital that you review why you took this employment position in the first place. Then you need to relate that motivation to your current situation and evaluate how you are going to reset and get back on track with your future professional life and find your passion again.
4. Press The Passion Reset Button
You need to press the passion reset button and get fired up about your job again. Obviously, this button is metaphorical. However, this action step is simple, yet frightening at the same time. You need to take a leap of faith and hope that you can truly reunite your mindset with your passion again. Refer back to the reasoning process where you ascertained the root cause of your lost passion and implement an action plan. For example, if you lost your passion because of a conflict with a coworker or manager, you need to restore that relationship first before you can rekindle your passion for your job. If you became dispassionate about work because of a missed promotion or being overlooked for participating in a team project, modify the situation. Speak to your manager to ascertain the facts of why you were not chosen for either the promotion or project.
5. Make a Decision to Commit
This process of rekindling your passion for your job most likely will not be easy, but rather a journey that is long and involved. It will take a commitment on your part to see it through to the end when you are once more grounded, reconnected to your center and passionate about your job. While you are seeking to rekindle your passion, you will have days when the snowball effect seems to be winning and you are backpedaling and not moving in the right direction. It is on those days that you need to have a strong resolve to find your passion again and not give up during the process. Work with an accountability partner during this process so that you will have the support you need to help you get back on track and loving your job again.
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Have you lost the passion for your job? What steps have you taken to rekindle that passion and starting loving your job again?