ARE YOU FALLING OUT OF LOVE WITH YOUR JOB? LEARN HOW TO REIGNITE THE FLAME
Your relationship with your job is much like a relationship with a significant other. At first you are excited, expectant of new things and the possibilities seem endless. You feel like you both click, the chemistry is undeniable and after a few dates, you have a feeling that this may just be THE ONE. Sound familiar? Well this is how we usually feel about a new relationship, but it’s also how we often feel about a new job. A new job means new purpose, new opportunities, new coworkers, new environments and new challenges. Although I mostly feel nervous and anxious when starting a new job, I am also excited for what’s to come. If you are lucky, this feeling could last a really long time, but if you are like most people, this feeling could start to die down after just a few months. And that’s normal! We usually forget why we were so excited in the first place, and just like in a relationship, we stop seeing all the wonderful qualities and start to focus on the negative stuff. This is where you need to make a conscious decision to fall in love with your job all over again. Here are three things that can help you do that:
Find new purpose in what you do and look for new opportunities: as corny as this may sound, this can help you reignite the flame between you and your job. Find out what is it about your job that you enjoy doing the most and do more of it. If you are a passionate writer, find ways to contribute in written communication. If you love public speaking, identify opportunities within your job to do that. If love coding and software development, volunteer to help out with your agencies website—and if they don’t have one, then volunteer to create one! Making a connection between what makes you tick and the work you do every day is what separates happy people from miserable people at work. Furthermore, understanding the impact that the work you do has on the big picture can help you connect personally to the mission of your agency.
Connect with new people: find people within your agency that you may have not met or talked to and schedule some informational interviews. Learn about what they do and how they support the mission of your agency. Talking to new people and getting clarity on what they do can help you keep in touch and focused on your overall mission. Moreover, promoting a sense of community within your workplace can create a place where you and your coworkers feel supported and respected. It also creates a place where goals are collective and where people work to achieve a unified mission. Strong and supportive connections can help you find new love for what you do through shared purpose, goals and overall mission.
Reflect on what you have achieved: thinking back on how far you’ve come in your career and in your job, can give you a new perspective. Think about what each experience has taught you and how each job has shaped you into the professional that you are today. Reflect on your wins and on how you’ve added value to the agencies that you have supported. We’ve all had jobs that we didn’t necessarily loved, but in the big scheme of things, all of these jobs have given us a new skill or opportunity so celebrate every achievement and every job you’ve had. After all, without these jobs, there wouldn’t be any achievements to celebrate.
Hopefully these things can help you find new meaning and excitement in your job. With that said, if after doing all this, you feel like your relationship with you r job is irreparable; it’s time to move on. It’s important that you find some kind of joy in the work you do; not only for your own sanity, but for those who work with you and/or for you.