5 Helpful Tips to Restore Your Passion for Work

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To be successful, you must have passion for your work.

Lack of passion, or not feeling connected to what you’re doing in your job, can be defeating. Passion stimulates creativity and drive, so if we’re not passionate, our work is often less than our best and we become disengaged. As Gallup reports, a staggering 71 percent of employees are disengaged in their work resulting in companies wasting money, resources, and time. I’d say that’s a problem for both businesses and the individuals who work for them.

Lack of passion = severe lack of productivity.

In Follow This Path: How the World’s Greatest Organizations Drive Growth the authors revealed how costly disengagement is to business: “Using very conservative estimates, our study shows that on average, the lost-productivity cost of active disengagement represents a full $3,400 per $10,000 of salary. For an employee who earns an annual salary of $30,000, the [lost-productivity] cost is $10,200.”

John Hagel explores the role passion plays for both individuals and business. On his blog he writes, “The Shift Index that I helped to develop suggests that, at best, only 20% of the US workforce is passionate about their work and levels of passion vary inversely with the size of the enterprise – the larger the firm, the lower the levels of passion.” Furthermore he states, “I’d like to suggest that passion is all about commitment to personal improvement.  In contrast with obsessions, which are all about losing oneself in an external object, passion is all about connecting with, and developing, one’s own capabilities.”

We also recognize the bond between passion and personal improvement, which is why we’re sharing ways to reignite your passion in the workplace:

1. Get Back to the Basics

Schedule time for yourself to sit and reflect on and list why you wanted your job in the first place. Seeing your reasons right in front of you may spark passion — It could be as simple as that!

Laura Simms, career coach, suggests reconnecting with yourself to discover who you are now and what you want.

2. Pursue a Hobby (Or Two… or Three)

Outside hobbies can reignite passion in different areas of your life.

Writing is a craft I’ve enjoyed ever since I can remember, but since my job focused on writing work-related articles, my personal blog and journals barely received any of my attention. To this day I still struggle with my personal writing relationship, but now realize that focusing on personal progress and improvement can sustain my overall passion for writing – both at work and personally.

So take it from me. Don’t lose sight of your interests outside of work. Even if you can only set aside 10 minutes a day, do it.

3. Have a Conversation with Your Boss

Sit down and tell your boss how you’re feeling. Sure, telling the one person who decides whether or not you have a job that you are struggling is scary, but it is worthwhile in the end. More so, a good leader will take the time to listen and understand your struggles. The conversation could open new doors and bring about new helpful opportunities that will help your passion grow again.

4. Don’t Fear Change

I recently came across this quote, and find it very fitting: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear” (Jack Canfield). He speaks the truth. You can’t be afraid of change, because change may very well be your biggest asset!

Perhaps that conversation you had with your boss revealed that your skill set could be better used in a different position.

5. Attend Conferences or Meet-ups

Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals and sharing your knowledge in conversations may be enough to make you feel good about your job again.

Meetup.com is a good resource to search for events to attend in your area. Mashable also holds meetings on social media and tech in many different locations. If you know of any other sites that provide information on meet-ups and mixers, share them with us in the comment section!

We invite you to share how you inspire yourself at work in our comments below!

-Lolly Fitzpatrick

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