Category: Passions

Tips For Restoring Your Passion For Work

My last post dealt with learning to “live in the moment” in our hectic life. Sometimes this can be hard to do in the workplace. So this next post by my guest author Denice Kronau, talks about finding your passion in your workplace.

Denice outlines a few key points you can employ to remind yourself about who you are and what is important to you. Again, when you begin this process, start with 1 or 2 a day, and build from there until it becomes a natural process.

To The Greatness Within You!

Trish

 

Tips For Restoring Your Passion For Work

By Denice Kronau 

Work today demands a high level of energy and commitment. We’re all working longer hours and with the economy as it is-potentially feeling trapped. The boundary between our work and our life blurs as we give more and more of ourselves to our jobs. Think about the requests you no longer feel you can say no to… Can you travel on a weekend for another critical meeting? Sure! No problem! Can you complete the 100-page PowerPoint presentation by tomorrow at 8:00 AM? Sure! No problem! Singly, these requests are not the end of the world. It’s their cumulative effect that makes us unhappy and frustrated. Because of today’s uncertainty in the job market, we are reluctant to object or complain. We quietly “soldier on,” and internalize our growing misery. When you add all of this up, we become less and less happy and passionate about our work.   

Sound familiar? Are you so focused on holding onto your job you’ve forgotten what is important to you about your work? Here are some tips that can help remind you of what was important to you about work and maybe bring passion and a sense of optimism back into your work. 

  • Who we are is not what we do. What we do is an outcome of who we are.
  • We are human beings, not human “doings.” Although learning to stop is much harder than it is to keep marching, time off from work-even a little-can make life better.
  • High functioning people can tolerate a tremendous amount of stress and unhappiness, for very long periods. If you recognize this, you can redirect this energy to the things you love.
  • It’s perfectly fine to “Find out what you don’t do well and don’t do it.” (To quote Alf, the 1980’s TV character.)
  • Too often we feed the urgent while starving the important. Knowing the difference makes every crisis manageable and often, no longer a crisis.
  • No matter what is running in your head, you need to be present in the moment you are in, with the people in front of you. Too often our inner dialogues distract us and we miss the important moment occurring right in front of us.
  • Maintain your sense of humor; it will be much more important for your success than the most clever financial analysis or marketing plan.
  • Success is not always a result of careful, logical planning. Trust what your stomach tells you.
  • Martin Luther King did not say, “I have a plan.” Dream of a spectacular work life and do everything in your power to make it come true.  

 

Take the time to stop and think about these lessons-do they resonate with you? What are your key truths about what fuels your passion for work? You can use the list above or create your own and use them as talismans to ward off the discouraging and overwhelming negative moments at work.

Denice Kronau is author of, “Boardroom to Beach Chair, and Back Again,” and a 28-year veteran of the corporate world who takes you on a whirlwind tour of boardrooms, companies, countries and cultures sharing what makes a female CEO tick and how to be happy at work. Her passion is sharing these hard-won lessons with others and you can learn more about Denice and her insights at http://www.denicekronau.com/.   Article Source: http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Denice_Kronau

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