The amount of time we spend at work far exceeds the time we spend on anything else. And, for those who work in a job that does not inspire, challenge or reward this can be soul destroying.
Some see their job as a ‘means to an end’ - this end being having time and resources to do what they really enjoy outside of work. While this approach was common in workplaces 20 or 30 years ago today there are many opportunities to be creative and bring some passion into the 9 to 5.
If you are in a role that you have lost passion for, or one that you never had passion for in the first place, then here are a few ideas for you to explore.
The easiest option is to bring one of your passions to work in your current role. Most of us have a passion but few think of ways that this can be brought into the work environment. Write down what inspires you and what you gain satisfaction from doing, outside of work, and then look at how you might introduce this into your current role or job environment.
Some ideas to inspire:
Introduce your passion to the team – most people will have no idea what you love doing. For example I love design and take every opportunity to include designing new flyers, sales aids and the like for my firm. I also love technology and happily take a lead in introducing new tech and supporting others with issues as they arise.
Explain that you would like to introduce this into the job/ work environment and brainstorm how this can be done. This could include things like health, sports, crafts, reading, technology, food – the list is endless. I have had clients start new social groups, volunteer for support in other departments, introduce mentoring and more.
Start introducing your passion into the role, office, social groups and you will be surprised how many will embrace the idea and even be inspired to do likewise. This will also lift your reputation as others will see your increased energy and confidence when you are talking about and doing what you love.
If you are considering a move into a new role (internal or external) look at how you can either introduce your passion into the role or move intentionally into a role with greater opportunity to live your passion.
Everyone has the right to enjoy what they do in life. In managing your career ensure that your work is fulfilling and provides you with the most opportunities to bring your best and enjoy what you do. Achieve this and you will be successful in any role and your life will be better for it.