Do I Love What I Do?

Do I Love What I Do?

This is not the original blog that I was going to write today, but recently I have had a lot of anxiety related to work. My workplace restructuring consultation started this week and most of the people I work with including myself, know that change is needed. This is not necessarily a bad thing as this can create opportunities, but that does not deter workplace apprehension so I am putting my thoughts in this blog.

When I left for my maternity leave, there were some changes taking place and although I enjoyed my year out, I knew on the day I left what would lay ahead when I returned.

The day I stepped back into my office after 14 months away, it was as if my whole team had been accelerated and I was unsure of what space to occupy. This affected my confidence and self-esteem, and to be honest still impacts me today. I have been in my current role since 2011 and have always loved this job, it’s a role where I am of service but also know that I am making a difference for many people in various way. It always been fun and my managers have always provided me with the opportunity to be creative in my delivery. What more could I ask for?……

When I returned to work after Ru, things were more static and the transition smoother. This time I just felt like I missed the memo after Ri and things were dramatically different. I am not sure if it was because I now had two children or was less passionate about the role.
Up until this point I had always been passionate about my job and taken so much pleasure in the support I provided, now, I felt indifferent and the spark that I had was eroded. A no BS motivational speaker I follow on YouTube; Gary Vee always states “If you wouldn’t do it for free, don’t do it!” Which got me thinking……

I have a number of friends who quit their jobs, after a number of years in a profession as they had no passion and knew they were worth more. They no longer wanted to devote their days to this cause but want to reinvigorate themselves.

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I think its so important to love what you do and be able to take joy from it. states on average we spend 35% of our total waking hours over a 50-year period at work. That’s over 90,000 hours! But 80% of people are in a job that they are dissatisfied with. How can we all get into that 20% and have pleasure from work, as this is something I really miss.

I am still working on this but think I have a few ideas:

  • Get a coach – whether it be a friend, family member or a professional. A good coach will create a space for you to reflect and devise the answers yourself. As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I have been lucky to be able to access the services of yellow life coaching. I am a work in progress but after a session, I always feel energised and ready to face any challenge as I wear my solution-focused head.
  • Remember whatever you do it is just a job not your family – but as I said before you will spend a lot of time there. You want to do a role that mirrors your values. You also want to achieve that role by lifting people up and not bringing down others, as I feel this can result in negativity karma.
  • Smile – I make it point that no matter how I feel I always smile and greet everyone in my office with warmth. It makes everyone feel better, doesn’t it?
  • Research roles that you would love to have if there were no boundaries and then establish how you can gain the skills. If necessary, do a course to support this.
  • An important one for me has been do daily affirmations. When I have felt inadequate or incapable at work (following my adventure this has been more often than not) I always turn to positive affirmations to remind me that I am amazing and grateful!
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So, what do you think? Have you got any ideas of ways that I can love what I do? What have you done to ensure that you love your job?

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4 thoughts on “Do I Love What I Do?

  1. Great read Jules, many people will relate to your thoughts. Be true to yourself and focus on the parts of your job that you love hopefully it will help you decide whats next. Keep the blogs coming 🙂

  2. Enjoyed reading this and can relate so much espcially after having my 2nd baby and having to go back to job that i was not happy in. I did a lot of work to get myself out and im in such a happier place now and like you working on affirmations. Although a work in progress my mindset really is changing for the better x

    1. Thankyou so much for taking the time to read my blog, I really appreciate it. I’very set a few affirmations as screensavers on my phone to remind me to do these, may help for you.

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