Many workers find themselves contending with the struggle of being successful and loving work – not believing that the two can become one. All too often the emotional sacrifice of joy is rationalised by the fact that they are being paid and can therefore support their family or support the lifestyle they view as ‘successful’.
Loving work is viewed as an ideal that few can achieve – but it can be done. The key is not to view it as a by-product of being successful, rather a stepping stone to success. The following three tips can help you find the joy in your nine to five.
1. Make loving what you do a priority
We are all naturally programmed to want to enjoy work. Psychologists agree that humans enjoy being stretched to accomplish something challenging. We need to take responsibility for creating conditions for this to occur however, not wait around for it to happen on its own.
This means you need to create a proactive perspective, not a reactive one. Once we get settled into a role we tend to fall into reactive mode, dealing with challenges as they present themselves. Try to think more proactively – try to foresee future issues or opportunities and research their impact.
2. Know what your talent and purpose is and use them in your job
A key part of loving your job is utilising what you are best at – your talent. If your not sure what this is, pay attention to the areas of your job that you feel excited about and ask your manager to highlight your strengths. Your purpose is what makes you feel fulfilled at work. Find out what areas of your job make you feel fulfilled and why. If your job isn’t utilising your talents or making you feel fulfilled, speak to your manager or, if necessary, consider another line of work.
3. Change your habits
For many, not being engaged at work is a habit. You may find yourself accepting projects that don’t challenge you because that’s what you’ve always done. Try to take a step back and build a case for work that would keep you motivated and challenged. Find someone else in the company who would benefit from doing the work that doesn’t suit you and then go to your superiors with your plan. Showing initiative like this will impress and you may well end up with a more fulfilling role.
If you are bored in your job and aren’t sure how to move forward, you may find it helpful to speak to a career coach. Find a coach in your area using our advanced search tool.
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