05 Jun Are you happy and motivated at work?
Are you happy to start the day at work? Do you get up each morning feeling motivated to succeed?
All too often, professionals get so caught up in the day-to-day grind of work that they forget to look at the bigger picture, reflect and ask themselves, “Am I doing what makes me happy? What motivates me to succeed, and how can I have more of it? Am I truly happy in my job?”
Motivation rises when you are truly passionate about something. And the more motivated you are, the more highly engaged you will be in your role, improving your performance outcomes and inviting exciting career opportunities your way.
The importance of loving what you do
When you love what you do, you’re willing to not just be ordinary, but extraordinary. This can have amazing results for both your personal and professional development.
Loving what you do is the difference between surviving and thriving. When you’re in survival mode at work, it’s easy to slip into fear, doubt, uncertainty and even lethargy. Whereas when you’re thriving, you’re inspired, excited and connected to your work because it’s aligned with what you care about, your values and most importantly, what you’re really, truly passionate about.
But what happens if you don’t love what you do? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
The time to be happy is now
If you’re unhappy and unmotivated at work, it’s time to do something about it. A great way to assess how you’re feeling, what’s important to you and what you need to do to move forward is to write it down.
When you feel that you are on autopilot and ‘just surviving’, writing down ‘thriving’ notes can help you self-reflect and support yourself to thrive more of the time.
Firstly, write down the following:
- How do you feel? Eg. Anxious, stressed, helpless, low, sad, disempowered.
- What are you afraid of? Eg. I feel anxious that I can’t complete this project on time.
- What are your limiting beliefs? Eg. I feel like I can’t do it, this job is too much for me.
Then flip this around and write down some positives:
- What do you care about? Eg. Achieving my dreams, making a difference, family, health, friends etc.
- What do you value? E.g. Learning new skills, your partner, holidays, being in nature etc.
- What’s important to you? Eg. Trust, strong relationships, honesty, listening, being listened to, caring for others etc.
- Where do you see yourself in the future? E.g. You see yourself making the most of new career opportunities, you want to take more risks instead of letting fear hold you back, you want to travel and have new experiences.
Writing down these important thoughts, feelings and hopes, whether positive and negative, will help you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, what you truly feel passionate about, and how you can take the steps to achieving your dreams, both at work and in life.