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Rekindling the Passion for Your Career

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Passion is defined as “a strong and barely controllable emotion”.

Now let’s be honest here, most of us don’t feel this way all the time about our jobs. Our lives get hectic, sometimes we get stuck in ruts, and before we know it, our passion is suddenly MIA.

It happens to probably everyone at one point or another, more likely at several points in life. And it is normal. The first thing to realize if you found you’ve lost your passion for work is that IT IS OKAY. It doesn’t mean you have to have a nervous breakdown or make some major career move in life. Sometimes people just get burnt out. Rekindling that flame isn’t an impossible challenge.

Think of it this way, if you lose your passion in your relationship, do you just go out and get a new one? …people usually try to stick it out because a lot of them know that the passion comes and goes. It doesn’t come from the outside world, it comes from within, and expecting your passion levels to always be at full capacity is setting yourself up for disappointment.

This can lead to a lot of negative thoughts like, “Why can’t I be a go-getter like so and so?” or, “I used to be on top of things, now I feel like I can’t get enough done”. This puts unrealistic pressure on yourself, and really, just makes you unhappy. If you feel like you’ve lost your passion, you need to reignite it, not ignore it!

Before we talk about some ways to fan the flames, we also need to mention that we know not everyone gets to work in a career they are necessarily passionate about. Sometimes people work hard at careers that they find rather unfulfilling because that is how they afford their passions-outside of work. If you fall into this category, try out some of these exercises anyways. You just might find that the career you are stuck with can still give you some emotional return.

So, how do you find that passion? It won’t be overnight. You can’t turn on a switch and BOOM! You have passion! So, understand from the get-go that this is not going to be a quick fix. You are in a particular life stage right now, where your passion got lost, and moving out of that stage requires consistency and patience.

  1. Start by ensuring that you don’t shut yourself out. When you lose your drive, you may isolate yourself from your coworkers, making you feel even worse about your job. It is important to stay social at your workplace, and you never know what passions you may see in other people that can spark one of yours.
  1. Keep a reference book or online file of inspirational people in your vocation. Following the careers of leaders in your field can be exciting. Seeing others being where you want to be can renew your drive, and it is a great way to see the passion other people have for the same field. Revisit this often and while looking through it, remember why you chose this field in the first place.
  1. Learn something new. The job can sometimes feel like a revolving door, the same thing one day after another. The odds are you are allowing yourself to fall into this trap. Every career field evolves. New technologies, products, methods, etc. are out there to be learned. If you feel stagnant in your career, make it a goal to learn new things about your field. Search for local conferences or workshops in similar fields and join online forums. Heck, just Google your job title with the words “new developments” or “recent news”.
  1. Remembering that the purpose behind the field you work in is greater than you may help put things into perspective a bit. As much as we may want to believe it, our jobs are not about us. They are about the service or purpose they provide, because without that, there is no job.  Even if you are an entrepreneur, you are still providing something people either want or need. So try to remember that while you may get burnt out every now and then, this job can’t stop, because it has a purpose and other people are depending on it.
  2. Consider becoming a mentor in your field. It could be that you just need a small change of pace, and mentoring gives you a great sense of purpose. Not only are you able to do your job, but you are passing on your knowledge to future stakeholders in your field. Plus, the fresh excited nature of a newcomer to your career may be just the attitude you need to be surrounded with.

Again, remember that this will take time. As you explore these experiments, try to focus on developing a new appreciation for your career, rather than replicating your old feelings for it. After all, you are in a different place in your career now than when you began. And try to leave the self-loathing at the door. It will pass once you find your motivation!