It's important to love what you do and share your love for your work with others.
The challenge of loving what you do - it's called a job. Most people just want to get through their day at their job until they can finally do something they love. There are, of course, the exceptions to the rule - those who actually love their jobs! Now, many more of us can join the "I love my job" movement if we shift our mindset and discover what we actually love about our jobs, make small changes in our daily routine to make us happier, and set goals for ourselves so we feel like we're making a difference.
Sometimes we can get lost in the grind of our daily tasks and to do lists. We can lose sight of what's important.
Moreover, negative moments can infiltrate our being and take our joy hostage. No matter how many things go right, one negative moment can launch us into a negativity spiral. Work life quickly turns bleak and the glimmer of a new job on the horizon can feel like the answer. It's just a temporary fix - new setting and new people, but the same issues will arise.
The issues lie with our mindset, not our jobs. If we tend to look at our work life or our personal life in a negative way, no matter the job or the relationship, negativity will feed off of more negativity. But, if we approach our work from a positive outlook, appreciate what we have, and focus on what we actually love about our job, we thrive. And no matter the work place, this kind of positive outlook will encourage more joy and happiness in the work place. Positive thinking can spread like wildfire. Remember, 10% of life is what happens to us and 90% is how we choose to react to it! How will you choose to react to moments in your own life?
Of course, there are exceptions where the job/work environment/fit just isn't right and change is necessary. But in many cases, employees get restless and just want out. Moving on to another position doesn't always solve the problem.
Common Problem: It's the same job year in and year out and I'm getting bored.
Possible solution: Ask for a shift in responsibilities, a different project to work on, or a different seat on the bus in that organization. Sometimes just a slight change in role and responsibilities can give you that feeling of a new job. If that can't change, then think about new ways you can improve your own work, set a goal for yourself in terms of what you want to master and go for it! While some things may be completely out of your control, focus on what is in your control - what slight changes can you make so your job is more enjoyable?
Common Problem: I just don't like what I do.
Possible solution: Really? Nothing about it is appealing to you? Think about what made you apply to that job or reach out to that company in the first place. Did you want to join the work environment? The company culture? Was there some task or part of the job that seemed particularly appealing? Remember where it all started and focus on appreciating what you like about the job. Think about what aspect of your job you actually like. Do you enjoy being social? Do you enjoy helping others? Do you love making a difference? Are there people at your job you really enjoy working with? Do more of that! Make plans to meet with those co-workers more regularly to lift you up - do more of what you enjoy!
Common Problem: I just have got to get through the day and then I'll be OK.
Possible solution: Oh boy, what's going on? By the way, you're not alone in feeling this. Are you getting sucked into the negativity spiral? Are things really that bad or are you just stuck in a story you're telling yourself about how bad your job is. Are you surrounded by others who are negative about the workplace? Is there something else going on in your life impacting your ability to do good work? Think of what you can do before the work day to lift your spirits and start the day off in a positive state of mind. I recommend waking up 15-30 minutes earlier than you usually do to avoid rushing - as this can often cause anxiety and frustration.
Now, show your love for that job! Express gratitude and appreciation for the job you have. Actually, tell someone you work with what you appreciate about the job! And show that you love your job with the customers too! It will make everything more pleasant for every party! When good news starts spreading, it can actually make others think about what they appreciate too!
That being said, if you actually hate what you do, please, for everyone involved, stop doing it and find something else you enjoy.
What do you love about your job? How will you share the love?