5 Steps to Reignite Your Passion for Work

If work has been feeling stale lately, I wrote this for you.

Maybe you used to be passionate about work but now you’ve checked out.

Your job is so unfulfilling that you tell others you would rather focus on your personal hobbies.

But you really wish you had the spark again – like you used to…

The 5 Steps to Reignite Your Passion

Before we get started, I want to say this is a normal occurrence for many people.

For the short-term, it isn’t too harmful because eventually work just isn’t as interesting as it used to be. *Think about any honeymoon phase.*

But let this continue for too long, and it will start to impact your mood, health and relationships.

So what do you need to do to rekindle things?

Follow these 5 steps to reignite passion and motivation in your professional life.

1. Reflect On Your Why

Perhaps it’s time to reconnect with the reasons you chose your current career in the first place. Think about what initially sparked your passion and enthusiasm.

Do those reasons still align with your values and long-term goals?

2. Explore New Learning Opportunities

As humans, we are meant to grow and learn new things. Think about your skill development and how that can bring a sense of novelty to the work you do.

Attend workshops, take courses, pursue certifications that support you in your career goals.

Acquiring new skills will bring a sense of accomplishment and hopefully renewed interest in your work as you approach it in a new way.

3. Seek New Challenges

If your job has become too routine, look for ways to introduce variety and challenge.

Similar to exploring new learning opportunities, this is another way to learn in a way that challenges you.

The best part is – you get to demonstrate initiative and pick the challenge you want to work on and develop the solution.

4. Build Your Network

When we go to the same workplace and meet the same people everyday, we tend to get used to “things being the way they are”.

I challenge you to meet other professionals in your industry through networking or coffee chats.

Meeting other motivated professionals and discussing new ideas will give you a different perspective of the work (or at least open new opportunities for you).

5. Consider a Change

If your efforts to bring more motivation and passion back to your work is proving to be difficult, perhaps it’s time to consider a change.

Starting at a new company makes sense when you are no longer growing in your current one.

Perhaps it’s time for a different role or more responsibility or just a change in scenery.

Finally, if you are no longer feeling aligned to your work or industry, you can also consider a career transition to work that is more meaningful to you.

Overall, I do believe proactivity is key when it comes to creating a career and life well-lived.

We spend so many hours at work and to spend that time feeling burnt out, depressed, bored or any negative feeling really, is time you won’t get back.

Taking the time to care for your professional well-being is an investment into your overall well-being (including physical and mental health).

After all, you only have one life to truly cherish.

Your Quote of the Week

“We’re all going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you’re born to die.”

~ Hector Garcia, Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Your Reflection Question

This week’s question comes from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

What do you love doing so much that the words failure and success essentially become irrelevant?

Think about it, journal, share it with a friend.

If you would like, you are welcome to share your reflection with me and I am also happy to hold space for your thoughts.

Thank you for taking the time to read this weekly email and prioritize your career happiness.

If you’re looking to make changes in your career and would like my support and guidance, you can book a complimentary Career Chat with me. 

See you next week!

Take care,

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