Saturday, February 24, 2018

How to reignite passion for your career

Sometimes in your career there are times when it isn't all smooth sailing, as Cheryl Sandberg says, 'its not a career ladder; its a career jungle'. When it isn't all going to plan and you've lost a bit of that passion, here's how to reignite it.

I'm ever the over-thinker and I don't promote you reflect to that extent for a moment, but if you are struggling to find passion in your career, reflecting and thinking about where you are and what is contributing to your loss of passion is fundamental to putting steps in place to change it. If you understand what is making you feel a certain way; then you can proactively address ways to overcome it.

In the day to day routine, it's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Taking some time off can help with your reflection and also reinvigorate your mindset for when you go back to work after a week or two off. Yes, I fall fowl to returning to work from holiday with the 'holiday blues' now and again. But, I'll admit, I also feel energised to get back into projects and start a fresh with my work once I'm over the blues in a day or two!

What is it that gets you up in the morning? Think about what you love, what is your life passion? Is your career your passion, or does it serve a purpose too fulfill your life in other ways. There is no right answer here, whether you love to live for your work, or work to live a life you love.

Is there anything wrong or is it your mindset? When you have reflected, taken some time away from the daily grind is it your mindset that needs a reset or is there something else you need to change? If you still do what you love, if you are still interested in your career, like your environment, and there are opportunities to learn, grow and develop is it your mindset that is distracting you and stopping you recognising this? Undertaking steps 1, 2 and 3 will help you identify what is affecting your passion and identify its a mindset change that will reignite your passion.

Now if it isn't a mindset change, if you've reflected, taken some time off and know that you aren't doing what you love, it is possible that you just can't reignite your passion for the career you are currently in. Maybe, it just isn't what fulfills you at the core. If that's the case, it might be time for a change. Change of career, change of environment, change of working hours if your priorities have changed.

If you've lost a little of the passion in your career, good luck reigniting it

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