Regaining And Maintaining Interest In Your Career

“If you enjoy what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.” – Confucius

While we all strive to achieve this mantra, many people wake up each day and just go through the motions. Some might dread work and would rather do anything than being there; others “work for the weekend.” Considering the fact that we spend about a third of our lives at work, you should at least have some level of interest in doing what you do – if not maybe it is time for a career change?

According to Gallup, only 13 percent of worldwide employees that work for an organization are engaged and only 32 percent of U.S. employees are engaged at work. Obviously, this number seems relatively low. If you’re not satisfied with your career, how can you stay interested? Since the work-life balance is an important aspect of our career, a low satisfaction or unhappiness at work can have a negative influence on your personal life.

Luckily, all hope is not lost. If you’ve found yourself feeling unsatisfied at work and your interest is waning, Ashley Stahl has five tips on how to stay interested in your career. Check them out below:

Know Your “Why”

Think about when you applied for your current position. What drew you to the role and the company? Take it a step further. What made you want to pursue your line of work? Remembering these reasons is a great starting point to regain your interest at work.

Set Digital Goals

Without goals or incentives, it can become easy to become stagnant at work. By having short-term and long-term goals, you can remain interested and motivated. Stahl recommends using digital tools and apps since they can give friendly reminders. One of the ways to set your goals in motion is to either verbalize them or write them down. With the use of apps or a calendar, you can do just that.

Pick Up A New Skill

“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” – Albert Einstein

While this isn’t exactly the truth, you can get the gist of the quote. When you aren’t intellectually stimulated, it is easily to become bored. At work, you can always be learning something new, whether that is through certifications, seminars, or in-office training. If there is something you have always wanted to improve at, take the opportunity to do just that. Not only will you challenge yourself, but you will become more marketable for future opportunities and open the door for more duties at your current job.

Ask For Feedback

This could be a touchy subject. When giving feedback on something, people may get defensive or sensitive. Often times though, we might not necessarily know where we stand at work or how we’re doing. One way to counter this is by directly asking for feedback. Sure, it could be difficult to hear, but it goes beyond figuring out how you’re doing. When asking for feedback, not only will you realize areas of improvement, but your manager will see that you are interested in doing your best and are serious about your career. Further, if you’re feeling stuck at work you are likely just going through the motions and not very satisfied which doesn’t offer much career growth. With feedback, you can improve on aspects of your job and improve your chances at growth and advancement.

Be Mindful

The importance of mental health cannot be understated. Athletes such as Kevin Love and Channing Frye spoke at length about mental health issues in a piece for The Players’ Tribune, showing that elite athletes have these issues just like everyone else. With Mental Health Awareness Month recently wrapping up, now is as important a time as ever to mention this. The NBA and leading meditation app Headspace, recently entered a partnership to help NBA, WNBA and G-League players improve their mindfulness and meditation skills.

Having a sense of mindfulness is important for career satisfaction. As previously mentioned, unhappiness at work can influence your personal life as well. Stahl recommends starting each morning with a positive mantra and to be aware of what you say to yourself and others throughout the day. Instead of filling your mind with negative thoughts and comments about your job, try to remain positive. You will be surprised with the results and your stress levels will even decrease.

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