Even when you land your “dream” job, after a while, the day-to-day grind can make anyone feel as if they’re starring in their own version of the movie Groundhog Day.
Losing interest in the work you do and growing bored with your daily routine are motivation killers. If those feelings persist, it can be more challenging to advance in your career while you’re struggling to keep going on your current trajectory. Is there a way to renew the zeal you once felt for a job you’ve been in for a long time and just don’t feel excited about anymore?
Below, 14 contributors to Forbes Coaches Council discuss the most effective ways to rekindle your passion and ignite new enthusiasm for a job you fought hard to get and once loved.
Forbes Coaches Council members discuss ways to renew your enthusiasm after a long time in the same job.
1. Find Things You Are Grateful For
Gratitude is an incredibly powerful catalyst for instantly invoking happiness and joy. We rarely consider gratitude when we are no longer excited about a job, but it may be the panacea for all that ails us. Finding things we are grateful for necessitates that we change our perspective, and changing our perspective is exactly what we need. Being grateful is a choice—a really good and important choice. – Beth Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Coaching and Consulting
2. Understand The Purpose Of Your Role
My favorite mantra has always been, “Do what you love or love what you do.” There will be all kinds of days, good, bad and ugly. It is important to understand the purpose and meaning of our roles and to connect the dots to see how we play our part in the larger whole. Having a connection to the ultimate purpose always helps. At a more fundamental level, it is about our own professionalism. – DN Prasad, GovTech, Singapore
3. Be Conscious Of Your ‘Ego’ Mindset
About 99% of us are just going through the motions 95% of the time, in my experience. To reengage and find that excitement for your position, you have to be conscious of your current “ego” mindset. Take back the control of your mind and stop focusing on all of the problems; allow yourself to get excited about the outcomes you can create and the bigger “why” behind what you do. Refocus your energy and choose to engage. – Christie Garcia, Mindful Choice, LLC.
4. Work On Developing Yourself
Evaluate your gaps and focus on developing skills to bridge them. Also, look for other projects or teams you can be involved in as a liaison for your group. Usually, cross-functional projects are fun and challenging. – Michael Mirau, ProActive Leadership Group
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5. Be Intentional Every Day
Take one of your goals and ask yourself, “What’s the next right step?” Then, take the answer to this question and act on it. If everything is mundane, delegate the less exciting work to focus on what moves the needle for the business. Once you get momentum, the progress will become an unstoppable snowball, as it used to be! – Christopher Mullen, UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)
6. Deliver On The Next Milestone Of Your Vision
Deliver on the next milestone of your vivid vision. It is unlikely that you’ve reached the most resounding expression of your potential or the potential of your business. The next milestone will invariably bring disruption in the way you do what you do. Otherwise, you’d already have achieved it. This represents a fabulous opportunity to reinvent not only your job, but also yourself. – Frederic Funck, Center for Creative Leadership
7. Experiment With Your Communication Style
Many of us default to a particular communication medium, but breaking out of that can lead to unexpected results. If you are a habitual texter, try sending an email. If you use Slack nonstop, try picking up the phone. If you’re drowning in emails, try a video call. The changes may surprise you, and you may discover new efficiencies. – Monisha Toteja, Dynamic Speaking
8. Mentor A Junior Or Peer Colleague
Reinvigorating a job that you feel stuffy about makes way for the opportunity to mentor a junior or peer colleague. Sharing knowledge with someone who is growing in their career is rewarding and helps ground you in the experiences of others. Every organization benefits from the organic development of people, and growing your people is a fulfilling contribution. – Terri Williams, The Above Average School
9. Expand Your Definition Of A ‘Win’
It’s easy to focus on obvious wins, such as exceeding a sales target or getting a promotion. Yet those wins are few, and they’re often subject to outside circumstances. Small and subtle wins happen all the time and are usually the result of your actions and focus. When we pay attention to the small wins, even among our “losses,” we tend to win more often and on a larger scale. – Matt Muszala, Goldball Coaching
10. Look Around At Other Positions And Roles
If you are bored, it might be time to do something different, try something new or take on a new challenge. Looking doesn’t mean you will make a change. By looking around at what else is available to someone with your skills and knowledge, you may find that the grass is just as green where you are. Or, you may find your next great work opportunity. – Leann Wolff, Great Outcomes Consulting
11. Seek New Ways Of Getting Things Done
First, do not feel guilty about it. It’s a feeling you need to embrace in order to process and deal with it. If you handle it the right way, it could actually help you improve performance. Seek new ways of getting things done, perhaps alternative ways of executing tasks. Second, appreciate what this job provides by recalling all of the reasons you applied for it in the first place. – Jill Douka, Global Academy Of Coaching
12. Change Your Focus
Our mental mindsets follow predictable patterns, and when we challenge or disrupt the pattern, we can see and appreciate different aspects of the job. Focus on where you can make a difference and what gives you purpose. Put your focus on others instead of yourself to experience the job in a more abundant way. – Evan Roth, Roth Consultancy International, LLC.
13. Be An Intrapreneur
Just as entrepreneurs meet needs and fill gaps with new ventures, products or services, intrapreneurs do so right where they are. Challenge yourself to design something new and necessary by thinking creatively and acting proactively. Make it a goal and schedule time to develop your thoughts and plans. Assume permission to make a difference for yourself and your company. – Joanne Heyman, Heyman Partners
14. Do Something New Outside Of Work
Do something outside of work that’s new for you, especially if it involves doing something for others. Whether it’s mentoring, a (virtual) community project or helping a neighbor, you can reset and recharge, and you may find that a job you have mastered can be satisfying if you provide the mental space to engage meaningfully outside of work. There are many ways to renew your enthusiasm for life and work. – Kathy Morris, Under Advisement, Ltd.
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