How to Remain Passionate About Your Work
When you first step into a new role, it is not uncommon to feel enthralled by nearly every detail of the position. However, as time goes on, you may find your excitement dwindling — or even fading altogether.
If you have found yourself in this position, do not panic; you are not the first one to lose your spark. With that being said, it is imperative that you do not allow yourself to lose the passion you feel for your field and position, but find new ways to reignite it every day.
Here is some pertinent advice to help you remain passionate about your work:
Relate your work to your community
Sometimes, it is easy to get caught up in the humdrum of your daily life and forget that the work you are doing has a real impact on real people in your community, state, or even country. Make it a point to remember this if you feel yourself hitting the midday slump or even dreading to go to work. You would be surprised by how much a small reminder can boost your productivity and morale.
Do not lose sight of other opportunities
Professional growth and innovation stem from keeping your peripheral vision intact. In other words, do not focus solely on the tasks of your job and your job alone. Instead, keep your eyes peeled for tools or opportunities that would ultimately enhance employees’ experiences that you could pitch to your superiors — or enforce yourself, if you have the authority to do so.
This will aid you in establishing yourself as a trustworthy and dedicated employee, all while giving you to flex muscles that are normally outside of your required daily skill set.
Remain connected, not constant
Burnout is a very real issue for employees with every level of experience — ranging from the newest intern to the most experienced senior executive. However, in spite of its prevalence, many employees attempt to forge through their exhaustion in hopes of appearing ambitious and dedicated to their jobs. Although this may seem admirable to some, it is rather self-destructive at the end of the day.
Therefore, it is imperative that all employees pull themselves out of the “constant” mindset and allow themselves to take needed breaks — both inside and outside of the office. Taking this vital step will not only improve their physical and mental health, but reignite their passion for their work as well, as they will no longer feel as though it is draining the very life out of them.
Originally published at victorjung.com on September 27, 2017.