Forbes Coaches Council
Being passionate about your work gives you a reason to out of bed in the morning and makes you feel like what you're doing is worthwhile. Conversely, a lack of career enthusiasm can make every workday feel like it drags on forever – and in the long term, you'll end up feeling burnt out and unhappy.
If you've noticed yourself feeling apathetic or even negative toward work lately, it's time to take stock of your emotions and try to relight the spark that made you excited to take the job in the first place. Forbes CoachesCouncil members offered their best advice for getting your enthusiasm back.
Members of Forbes Coaches Council share their insight.
1. Seek A New Challenge
It is common to have little to no interest in your work when you are ready for the next level. The best remedy is to seek a challenge and push yourself to achieve a new goal. It will not only add value to your organization, but it will also motivate you break your routine and show off your hidden talents. - Ilean Harris, Ilean Harris
2. Think About The Impact You're Having
It is easy to lose perspective when we are working daily. But step back and take a look at the impact your organization has on the lives of your customer and clients. You may indeed be solving a problem that is keeping someone up at night. Take solace that your role plays an important part in helping solve a major pain for a fellow human. You have impact; don't forget that! - Tyron Giuliani, Selling Made Social
3. Take An 'Energy Pulse'
Think back to when you had great enthusiasm at work. What was happening at the time? What about the work gave you energy? Make a list of the things you loved about your role and determine what has changed. Pick a few things from the list of things that gave you energy and build activities in your day around high energy activities. These activities may still be there; you just need to look. - Kathy Lockwood, Blue Water Leadership Coaching
4. Create An Education Plan
Inspiring yourself at work requires creating an education action plan that may not be offered by your job. Lack of inspiration indicates boredom. Boredom comes from within so find ways to educate yourself – take online classes and create a learning plan on your own and outside of working hours. Pushing yourself to acquire new skills means you will gain a new perspective. - John M. O'Connor, Career Pro Inc.
5. Reflect On Your Role
Reflect on aspects of the work that you enjoy doing. What skill sets are you using? Is there an opportunity for you to use some of those skills? Is there one action you could take immediately to bring back some enthusiasm? Sometimes, even thinking of things you enjoy doing outside of work could infuse some passion into your 9-to-5 job. If all else fails, explore your career options. - Daisy Wright, The Wright Career Solution
6. Embrace Your Current Reality Or Choose Real Change
In today’s fast-changing world of work, allow yourself an opportunity to change, too. Sure, you had reasons for taking your current job. But your workplace has likely seen many changes since then – perhaps a new boss, coworkers or company focus. So assess your current reality. Then ask yourself, "Can I embrace my present-day situation and regain my enthusiasm? Or is it time for a career change?" - Mark S. Babbitt, YouTern
7. Celebrate Others
If you're dreading your workday, it's likely that you aren't celebrating much. I always encourage a gratitude practice, but sometimes that is just a bridge too far. Instead, celebrate someone else. Notice when someone else is doing a great job or achieving a milestone, and make their day special. I guarantee that you will lift up your entire office, and you will start looking forward to Mondays. - Dr. Rachel MK Headley, Rose Group, Intl
8. Figure Out When And Why You Lost Your Passion
The number one step to rekindling your passion at work is to take a step back and figure out why you've lost that passion. Dig deep. Was it that you never had enthusiasm to begin with? Are you in a different season of your life that may require change? Can you see your tasks in a new light? Once you understand what makes your heart flutter, you can take the next steps, even if it means leaving. - Rosalee Laws, The Rosalee Laws Company