Find Your “Why” at Work

How do you feel about your job?

If things have been dragging lately, and you’re coming to experience more dread than delight over Monday mornings, it might be time to take a long, hard look at what you believe.

The problem with finding a “Why” at work is not every job speaks to every person. Sometimes we wind up taking a position solely to earn money to pay the rent. Unfortunately, this is fast becoming the status quo, with only 20% of employed people truly passionate about what they’re doing.

Does this mean your job is a lost cause just because it’s not the career of your dreams? Absolutely not! You can still find a “Why” which will put the excitement back into the work you do, even if it’s not your final stopping place on the career ladder. Try these steps:

Take a Break

But don’t just get away from the job. Take some time to think about how you feel about the position you’re holding. On your next day off, consider where you are and what you’re doing. Is there anything about your job which you feel means something to you or serves a purpose you believe in?

Make a List

Write down what’s making your workday go wrong. By listing out the things that cause you stress, you can look for positive solutions to improve your day. Without all the added stress, you’ll find more about the job you like, giving you aspects you can add to your “Why.”

How Are You Spending Your Day?

If you’re always scrambling to get your work done, are there ways you can simplify to make your day easier? Try using a schedule to put your day on track or organize your workspace in a way that streamlines the processes you do most often. Without the mess, it’ll be easier to see the things which draw you, which are part of your budding “Why.”

Consider Where You Want to Go

Okay, this isn’t the big picture you’re looking for. What is? As you form your “Why,” you’ll gain a picture of the future. Where do you see yourself? What steps do you need to take to get there? Start putting a plan in motion.

Get a Mentor

Is there someone who can help you achieve your goals? Look for someone sympathetic to your “Why” who has the skills and experience to guide you through the next steps.

Set the Plan in Motion

Nothing happens without action. Your “Why” will demand you work toward achieving the vision you’re holding in front of you. As you take the next steps, remember it’s likely going to take time. Thankfully you’ll have your new “Why” to guide you through the journey ahead.

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