After 15 years with my spouse, I have learned one lesson to be true: I will always fall in and out of love with him for the rest of my life. That’s what makes marriage exciting and frustrating at the same time. But any time I may be falling out of love, I have to ask myself one thing:
Am I giving what I want to be getting?
The funny thing is I’ve learned that the exact same thing goes with work. I continuously fall in and out of love with my job as well as my profession. But the same question always needs to be asked: Am I giving what I want to be getting? 99.9% of the time I’m not.
Most of us spend more time at work than we do with our “sweeties”. If that’s the case, we better really like and almost love what we do. If not, what the heck are we doing wasting time?
So what are some steps to fall back in love with your job?
1.) Rise above the day to day and see if you can get yourself involved in a new project.
2.) Go to a conference or if on a budget, pick up a new book to inspire new ideas.
3.) Mentor others. If there isn’t an opportunity to do so in your current job, there are a ton of associations looking for mentors. When you start teaching others, you remember what you truly love about your career and profession.
4.) Switch things up. Just because you’ve always done it in a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s the right way. Challenge yourself to explore a new idea to solve the same problem. You might just surprise yourself.
Just as it is with a relationship, monotony is the killer. Don’t let yourself fall into the trap. The truth is, if you want more out of your relationship and even your job you have to give before you can expect to get. It takes work and effort.
After all, nothing worth it ever comes easy.
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