Yes, I admit, I have a passionate relationship with my work. I have many passions outside work as well, but those alone couldn’t make me happy and complete. That significant amount of time we spend at work during our lives can’t be ignored.
I am sure that most of you who read this, do love your job and are committed and content people. But still there are people who are not. They may dream about the next weekend, the summer holiday or the retirement years away. Work may be just a way to finance the life outside work.
But would it be possible, when nothing outside of you changes, you will start loving what you do and get excited in your job? You may say that I am an idealist and unrealistic, but I believe that when you have a strong will and motivation, it is possible. It is about you. Don’t wait. Do what you love and love what you do.
Remember that first day when you started your current job, even if it was 20 years ago. Can you still feel the excitement? What are the elements still remaining the same in your work, those ones you used to enjoy the most? Concentrate and study them, let them grow bigger, fall in love with them again.
Share with others the joy of work you have just reinvented, even if it is just a tiny bite. Ask your colleague what he likes the most in his work. Observe what happens around you and in you. You have the power to change your own attitude and find satisfaction at work, and usually all that affects the others as well.
What to do if you have tried, but it still seems impossible to find inspiration or joy at your work? Or you may not have a job at all at the moment. Start with a vision, ask yourself what do you really want to do? Why is that so important for you? What do you need to get there? Who could help you with that?
Be patient, be confident. When you know what you want, you will start making choices towards that direction. Be aware not to focus on what you don’t want, but what do you want. Step by step. It will come.
I had recently ten months sabbatical. First six months I travelled abroad, wanted to empty my mind from old routines and models, do things in a different way and get new insights, creativity and empowerment. Next four months I filled my mind with matters I felt important at the moment, but kept it as empty and open as possible.
I used my coaching skills for myself. I asked myself what kind of work really gives me deep satisfaction, what do I enjoy the most and why? What kind of people I want to work with? What do I want to learn? Can I find these aspects in my current job or not?
I made my decision. I let go the past and moved forward. I found answers, inspiration and passion. I am a happy new member of the Humap team.