If your job feels stale and you no longer have the passion you once had for your work, you’re not alone. Many professionals find themselves in this situation, particularly after they’ve been in the same job for a few years. Work becomes routine and before you know it, you’re on permanent autopilot.
The important thing is not to let yourself stagnate once you realize “the thrill is gone.” Take control of your professional life — no one is going to come pull you out of the rut you’re in. Use these 10 strategies to rekindle your passion for work:
- Remember why you wanted the job in the first place. What were your priorities and goals at that time? Hopes? Dreams?
- Make a list of all the positive things you can think of about your job, your company and your coworkers.
- Keep your life balanced. If your life revolves around work and something goes wrong on the job, you’ll feel as if your whole life is falling apart.
- Don’t despair. Think of setbacks as a beginning instead of an end.
- Use positive self-talk. Visualize your success.
- Let go of things over which you have no influence or control.
- Face problems head on rather than ignoring them and letting them grow.
- Ask to be part of a special project or team, or to mentor someone.
- Embrace change as a welcome new challenge instead of something to dread.
- Think of inexpensive, easy ways to make your workplace more pleasant.
Another great way to re-ignite your passion for your job — and rejuvenate your professional perspective — is to learn new skills or to expand on your existing skills. Training can offer you new ideas, fresh strategies, up-to-the-minute information on your field, and the opportunity to network with your peers.