How to recognize inner-restlessness and your next steps
Not being able to see the warning signs that are right before your eyes can be alarming. Have you already passed the point of no return? There’s only one way to find out. Read on!
You’re bored and suddenly lost motivation
What once got you excited at work, no longer does it. Instead of enjoying what you do, you’re bored with it, almost annoyed with it. It’s either too easy, or just more of the same ol thing. Sunday comes around and you would rather clean the toilet than be excited about going back to work on Monday. What’s changed with the job you used to like, or even love? Why did your motivation change so quickly?
To combat feelings of boredom, try taking time off from work. A long weekend might just be the cure to giving you some time and distance from these feelings. You could learn to shake your routine up a bit. Commute a different way to work. Use a right-handed mouse with your left hand. Experiment with even the smallest things to keep it fun at work.
Another option is to ask yourself, what motivates you? It may have changed since you began this job.
You’re going through the motions
Going to work and doing the job is a routine that you can do very well. Even during the day, you can keep everything afloat without paying much attention to it. Maybe you’re coasting, or maybe you’re letting some things slide. You keep charging forward, but don’t feel like you’re getting anywhere as if you’re running in place.
The question I would ask you is “what’s in it for you?” What is it about your job that means something? If we take the parts that are meaningful and give them more attention, perhaps we can see the big picture of helping clients, making the world a better place or simply being satisfied with learning and adding value?
You feel guilty, obligated and burdened by responsibilities in your job. Avoidance is a sign something larger is going on. You might even catch yourself daydreaming more frequently. If you’re experiencing the other two points above, then procrastination is soon to follow.
Listen to your instinct when procrastination begins. What are you really resisting – the work itself or something more? How could you take the same project and work with purpose? Talk with someone and at least stop going through this feeling all alone.
What does it look like to work with Passion?
Working with passion is a mindset. It’s an attitude, a love, mojo. It’s finding “flow” experiences in everything you do. Passion is learning to see things with fresh eyes, paying attention and being present in the moment. Working with passion brings you renewed energy to face the setbacks you encounter at work and further propel you towards the outcomes you desire.
I learned about a great story the other day about a team of executives in education. The team was bickering, controlling and having difficulty making improvements in operations and various programs being developed. After much frustration, one member blurted out. He caught the others’ attention with this powerful statement, “The children run to get here!” With those words out in the open, everyone relaxed and began cooperating. It was the articulation of their shared passion that held them grounded and focused on what’s really important.
Knowing your Passion could be the secret to your ultimate happiness.
Updated from Are you Searching for Passion?, November 1, 2012.
JESSICA MANCA is a certified coach, author, entrepreneur and former management consultant. She founded Managing Mindspaces, a professional coaching firm, providing sensible career and life coaching services to professionals making life-changing decisions.