As children we say, “I want to be a _[insert job]_ when I grow up.” The innocence of a child saying “astronaut” isn’t surprising during that phase of life when they’re interested in space, planets, and rocket ships. These things are exciting and invoke emotion and creativity. As we get older the innocence wears off, but that doesn’t mean the excitement, emotion and feeling has to go away. Whatever your employment role is, you can be passionate about your job. Explore these 7 tips to keep passionate at work.

  1. Make a list of what drives and motivates you.

A cause, mission, service, or product are a few reasons people get involved and feel passionate about and called to their work. In order to keep the passion alive, know why your work is meaningful. If you feel like your position or motivations have shifted, evaluate your feelings and needs to reconnect or determine if it’s time to move on to what you’re seeking.

2. Continue to learn and grow.

It’s not uncommon to get to the point in our job role that we think we know everything there is to know, but this thinking can lead to complacency. To avoid complacency, stay curious. Keep up to date on industry trends. If you don’t understand something, work to figure it out. Want to learn a new skill? Sign up to take a class or learn from a colleague.

3. Set goals.

Setting specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely (SMART) goals can help keep us improving in our skills and pursuing a job we’re passionate about. Make your goals known to others, especially management, within your organization so they can assist in offering you opportunities for trainings or resources to achieve your goals.

4. Surround yourself with passionate people.

Positivity is contagious. When we engage with other people who are passionate and fulfilled about their work, we will want that for ourselves.

5. Build meaningful connections.

Building a cohesive team can help you feel more engaged and enthused at work. Collaboration when working on projects can help teams build trust and allow for people to share knowledge and learn from one another.

6. Understand the value you bring to the team.

The impact we bring to our job will start with knowing our value and purpose. Understanding the impact of the bigger picture our contribution makes can help us gain perspective. Passion encourages and drives our professional success. We may take more risks, explore for more creative solutions and will be more productive when we acknowledge our value to the cause.

7. Participate in hobbies and interests.

While our jobs take a lot of our time and attention, we’re multifaceted individuals with many talents and interests outside of work. In order to keep from burning out, allow yourself to dive into hobbies and projects that you always wanted to try.

When our passion dwindles and we’re unmotivated, it often derives from a source of disconnection from our purpose and teams. Digging into our emotions and reconnecting with our goals and peers will help us recommit and reestablish what drives us. DiSC assessments can help you in this endeavor. Individuals will learn about their motivations, become more informed about ways they can connect with others, and grow personally and professionally. Call us today.