How to Help Rekindle a Genuine Passion for Work
Do you remember when you first started working, and the type of passion you had for your job and work? Maybe it was the first job you ever had, delivering newspapers, bagging groceries, or flipping burgers as a teenager or while you were in college. You looked forward to going to work and earning a paycheck in order to have money to spend on the things you wanted.
As you got older and your skills improved, you got a promotion or found a job that paid more money. Again, you might have been excited to take on new responsibilities or learn a new job. However, eventually, most people get to the point where they dislike having to get up and go to work because they have lost the passion they once had for their job.
If you dread going to work and no longer feel motivated to do your job, it is time for some self-reflection to help determine how you can rekindle that drive, passion, and love you once held. The first thing you need to do is to get to the root cause of why you feel the way you do about your job. Ask yourself questions related to your position and employer, like:
- Do I enjoy doing the work I do?
- Do I like my co-workers?
- Do I like my boss?
- Is the problem due to not being paid enough?
- Is the company making changes I do not like?
Depending on how you answer these questions, it will help you to start to narrow down and determine the root cause of why you dislike getting up and going into work.
In some cases, you could simply be tired of the type of work you do and desire a career change. There is nothing wrong with this, and many people change careers several times, sometimes more, throughout their entire life. If you are in this position, ask yourself what types of things interest and excite you, and use these to help determine a new career field for you to explore.
For instance, you may like doing things with your hands, but are currently working as a sales person and dread this job. You like working on DIY projects around the house and performing you own vehicle maintenance. Since these are things you enjoy, you could explore career options like becoming an automobile mechanic, an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) repair technician, an interior designer, or an independent home renovation/remodeling contractor.
If you are considering a career change, remember to think long term before quitting your current job. Find out what education and training is needed for your new dream job and work on obtaining that first. This way, you will be better equipped to find a new, exiting, and motivating job you will be passionate about getting up and going to each day.
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