How to Fall in Love With Your Career Again
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, February is often a time that brings about reflection on the relationships you have in your life.
But what about the relationship you have with your career? Perhaps you have found the one and are wholeheartedly committed, or maybe the passion has gone out of it and you no longer feel that spark for what you do.
If the latter, don’t despair! We have listed some of the best romantic advice that will have you falling for your career all over again…
Find your people
Often the search for that something extra in a career means finding those special people to inspire you and give you the guidance you may need, especially early on. With this in mind, it is important to make your working environment a positive one and to work with those who are as driven as you. Just think, “Sometimes the most ordinary things can be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people” (Nicholas Sparks). This may mean taking the time to go to more industry events or reading up about your idols who managed to succeed doing what they love.
Remember why you started
If you’re going through a bad patch but know deep down that changing path is too drastic, it is important to reflect and be grateful for what you enjoy about your job. Think back to when you first started studying or began your career to find that spark again: “As I stood there I remembered something I had forgotten a long time ago. Sometimes in life there are bonds that can never be broken” (Bride Wars, 2009). Mix things up to get the spice back in your daily routine at work.
Work on it everyday
Like any relationship, your relationship with your career needs to be worked on every day – nothing kills a love affair like lack of effort and forgetting to recognise the good stuff. It is crucial to be all in when it comes to your work. Take to heart this mantra: “I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good” (Roald Dahl). Make sure to always give it your all.
Don’t be afraid to go it alone
If you find yourself in a career situation where the relationships you are building are not having a positive impact, and you know for sure there is no way to move forward, it may be time to go it alone. Though the idea can be a daunting prospect, think of it as a new start and remind yourself, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it” (Steve Jobs). You will thank yourself for it later when you have found the right industry, company, or job for you.
Enjoyed this career advice? Find more inspiration in City Calling’s previous post, Advice to Inspire Your 2016 Career Goals.