What are you Passionate about?

passionate about your jobFebruary has arrived and the month is all about love, passion and romance – well for one day at least!

So this months’ article is all about focusing on what you love about your job.

What are you passionate about?

I recently worked with a large group of students studying for their Masters Degrees at an International Business School in London. I was helping them to practice their one minute ‘Elevator Pitch’. This is about comfortably articulating your one minute advert to an interviewer, prospective employer or an important connection about who you are, what you have to offer and ultimately what you want.

It was great to see so many vibrant and enthusiastic students, all keen to learn and eager to make a good impression. All of them had a passion for learning new things and all of them had one thing in common; they wanted to do their best so they could get a new career they’d love.

For many of us, this passion for success and eagerness to learn something new, with the aim of securing a good career, may be more of a memory than a reality now. However, life is a continual journey of change and progress and it is important for us not to lose focus on what we are really passionate about.

So my question to you is….. “do you still love your job”?

If the answer is yes, then that’s great! I would then ask you, “how can you maintain that?” “How can you ensure you don’t lose that focus and you keep striving for success and continue to feel passionate about what you do? It’s important to recognise what makes you love your job so you can keep on pushing and challenging yourself to succeed.

If you’re answer is no, and let’s be honest, there will be a lot of “no’s” out there, ask yourself “what do you need to do to get that passion and enthusiasm back?” Think about the significance of what you do. Really think about your contribution and all the positive things you have accomplished. Try to think back on why you took the job in the first place and how delighted you were when you got the job. Perspective plays a huge role in personal satisfaction. What impact could you make now in your job and within your organisation? Are there things you could change now for the better to make you love your job again? It may just be about a change of attitude and pushing yourself a bit harder, making your role more interesting or challenging.

It may also be about the realisation that you have outgrown your job and no matter what you do, you are not going to feel that passion and enthusiasm again. If you are never going to love your job like you use to, then it’s time to move on to something new that you can be passionate and enthusiastic about again.

It might be about finding a compromise such as doing some additional training to learn some new skills or gain further knowledge or qualifications.

Finally, some of you may consider branching out and doing something in addition to the day job such as volunteering for a cause or a community group or project that you really feel passionate about. Sometimes redirecting our efforts in to something new and recognizing as we get older our interests and passions change can be just as powerful and rewarding.

So…… love your job or put your energy and passions in to loving something new, because when you love your job, you will always do it well!

 

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life!” Confucius