Re-ignite Your Passion at Work
Follow your passion is a popular prescription for achieving career success and personal fulfillment. Early in a career, it’s easy to do. There is so much to learn and every encounter is so new that even routine duties can seem flush with opportunity. Nothing’s mundane. Passion’s flame is fresh.
Over time, however, that flame can begin to fade. What was once new and unique can seem routine and boring. Cutting-edge management ideas and philosophies—viewed through the prism of experience—begin to echo yesterday’s warmed-over initiatives. Management fads come and go as quickly as the buzzwords that spawn them. You reach the point where you’ve seen and heard it all before, and may have trouble getting excited about seeing and doing it all again.
Passion fades as cynicism creeps in. If this describes you or someone you know, and you or they want to reverse the trend, take heart. Below are five tips to rekindle your passion at work, and your passion for work:
1. Take responsibility for stoking your own fire. Passion is an internal phenomenon. It comes from the heart. Therefore, don’t expect anyone else to light the flame for you. It would be nice if your boss or company’s leadership occasionally ignited a spark through inspiring words or actions, but the ultimate responsibility is yours. Everyone has to find his or her own source for the flame.
2. To rekindle passion, try redefining it. Don’t rely on what motivated you earlier in your career to motivate you now. You are a different person relative to when you first started out. You have different perspectives, skill sets and maybe a different value emphasis. For many, the value shift over time is from accumulation— of money, titles and promotions—to contribution of time, energy and effort to others. Shift your focus accordingly and your passion will follow.