We all have things that we're passionate about in our life. It could be a hobby, people you have close relationships with, a pet, a skill you're good at, a subject you enjoy learning about, and for those that are lucky, your career.
You may feel that you're not really all that passionate about your current job or career, and passion for your work is something you want more of.
But sometimes that search for more passion in our careers can keep us stuck, because we believe that if we're not passionate about where we are currently, then a fulfilling career can only be found "out there" in other jobs and companies that will provide the answer we're looking for.
One of the biggest blocks I see getting in the way of clients moving towards what they want in their career is the idea that they need to find the perfect position at a company that they're passionate about before they decide to take any action.
The hard truth is that you'll never know what's perfect until you get there, and that might take a lot of time, effort, and trial and error to get to that place in your career. And even then it might not always be what you expect.
But what if you could create more passion and excitement for your career right where you are, instead of searching for it like a mystical quest for a lost city?
It's possible to have more passion for your career no matter what your current circumstances are. Here are three ways you can find it in your career right now:
Follow the feeling - What aspects of your job or career make you feel excited, in the flow, and satisfied? Think about what you do at your job, and then more specifically think about how that makes you feel. Is there anything, even the smallest aspects, that make you feel happy and fulfilled? When you're chasing a career you're passionate about, it's not always about WHAT the specific job is that you're pursuing, but the WHY- the feeling that your dream job will bring you. How can you experience that feeling in what you do in your current job?
Take control of your circumstances - In your job there are aspects that are in your control, and others that are out of your control. Shift your thoughts and your energy in the areas that are in your control. You may not be able to change the fact that you've been assigned a big project on a tight deadline, but you can change how you respond to it. Instead of thinking "why did this happen to me?" ask yourself "what's the opportunity for me in this project?" When you feel more in control of your the way you view your circumstances, you can create a positive energy, and more passion for even the most difficult or mundane tasks.
Bring your passion to work - You've probably heard the idea that it's better to "leave your work at the office," which is harder and harder to do these days in a more connected world. Instead, find ways to include things that bring you pleasure outside of work into your job. If you like to workout, start a running club with your co-workers. Enjoy reading in your spare time? Carve out time during your day, even if it's a few minutes, to break away from your desk and catch up on a book.
In the search for more fulfilling work, there's no need to get caught up "following your passion" via a change in your job, company or career path. Passion for your work isn't something you have to chase, but can experience at any point in your career right where you are.
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