Remember when the sparks first flew? The way your heart beat just a little quicker and the hop in your step had nothing to do with your shoes? You smiled for no reason and laughed just a little bit louder. And you cared.
And now, maybe you’re feeling like the initial attraction isn’t there, and the bumps and bends in your work/life relationship have you veering off down the road to greener pastures.
When you love what you do, work isn’t work… so before you detour too far, try these tips to work that passion back into your career.
Go back to the beginning
When something you love to do becomes your job, it fundamentally, and unavoidably, changes the way you interact with it. So try to remember why you fell for your career in the first place. The menial day-to-day tasks will always be there—no matter what you do to earn your paycheck, so instead of concentrating on the mundane, think about what you want out of your work mentally, physically and spiritually. What initially got you excited about waking up every day? Peter Pan that happy thought and fly with it.
Get positive by proxy
Nothing can kill your vibe quicker than a Negative Nancy, and misery certainly likes company, so don’t hang out with any Nancies. Instead, surround yourself with positive people- enthusiasm is contagious and it’s a condition you want to catch. Even if you don’t work in the same office, optimism transcends brick and mortar and attracts other people who are passionate too. The best part about positive people is that those very people aren’t just there to cheer you on during good times, they stick around for you to lean on when times are tough.
Courage doesn’t always have to roar. Sometimes it’s a little voice in the back of your head at the end of the day that says, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” And it’s okay to start over again. If you wait until you feel ready to do something, it can be too late. It’s simple to lead an extraordinary life -- you just need to be willing to do the things that others aren’t; the things that are a little too hard, take a little too long or are a little too uncertain. Take risks, and do things without worrying about how they might be perceived. Start navigating the paths without knowing where they lead. You may find that work (and life) becomes one of adventure, passion and empowerment.
This is where the magic happens. And that’s the magic of passion.