“There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” -Nelson Mandela
Do you remember the feeling when you fell in love with your profession? Do you remember thinking how lucky you were to be in the career you want? Do you remember how much meaning and purpose your profession gave you? Maybe you still feel like that now or maybe you don’t. You may think, “I do not hate it; but I do not love it as I once did”.
Our passions can change over time. I know some people who have dreamed about their profession since their childhood and what they have become is exactly who they wanted to be. Their eyes light up as they share the story with you and they have a smile from ear to ear. I love listening to their enthusiastic stories. I have also spoken with people who have fallen out of love with their profession. If you are like these individuals, you may feel that your voice was not heard and you were shutdown when you offered suggestions. You have decided to settle or play small. You may have had to listened to “we have done it before lecture” only to be rejected once again. Your light started to diminish within you. You may not have felt appreciated or that your contribution was valued. You may feel that everyday feel like the movie Groundhog Day where Bill Murray’s character wakes up to the same events day after day. The same old routine day after day is sucking the life from you. You do not feel challenged and you avoid contributing to meeting as your contributions will fall on deaf ears.
You might be thinking to yourself, “I don’t mind the work but it does not make me come alive as it once did.” When you hit this fork in the road, you need to decide to make a change. Change how you view the role or position or your change your course and do something else. Changing your course is not a cop-out; it means that you are now more passionate about something else that provides more meaning to you or you feel that you can contribute to and make an impact. There is no win-lose situation here. A lose is when someone stays in a profession they no longer enjoy. They are hanging onto someone’s dream job. Go after the dream job and leave space for the person who wants your job that you no longer are passionate about.
Your change may mean that you need to go back to school or cut back on your expenses so you can adjust to a new lifestyle. The questions are: Will you be happy? Will you be doing what you love? Will doing this work bring meaning and fulfillment? Will you feel like you are living your purpose? You need to get clear on what it is you want in your life. When you can develop a clear vision, you will be able to make decisions that align with that vision. You are the leader of your life. Lead the way!
The flame that was burning inside motivating you for is now a fire of burning embers with the last glimpse of light. Now, you have decided to stoke the flames that remain to change your perspective of viewpoint of how you see your role and your profession, there are several things you can do to bring more excitement into your life and role with the acronym – SELF!
Self-Awareness is knowing that you need to make a change. It comes from taking time to reflect on what you enjoy and what you do not and enjoy. It also makes you stop and notice the things that you stopped doing that once bring you great joy. Why did you stop? Did it stop because someone else stopped organizing it? Why didn’t you pick up the torch? Did you stop being grateful for everything you had around you even the lessons you learned along the way? Did you stop taking time for your own self-care and burn yourself out? Self-awareness is a game changer! Remember your WHY for going into the profession in the first place.
Engaging in Activities. People often lose passion in their profession because they are no longer engaged in what they are doing. You can get re-engaged by spending time with people who are actively involved in their profession. Join your local professional organization and get involved where you can. Volunteer in some capacity. It is a great way to meet other people and gain new skills.
Learning new things. When you are on a learning curve, you brain is stimulated and you are excited to learn new things. Even though you may be nervous, you anticipate catching onto the new skills. You will work at it and work at it until you get it right. Take courses, attend conferences, and read industry magazines. You will be amazed at what it going on in the world that you were not aware of.
Focus on Your Successes and Strengths. Start taking stock of your successes and listing off your strengths. We often take our successes and many of the strengths we have because we are either moving onto the next great thing or our strengths come so naturally that we do not see them as strengths.
Follow the S.E.L.F. philosophy to get excited about your profession. Don’t forget to share with others what great things are going on in your profession! When you can share your excitement with others, it will continue to fuel you. You can find the spark again!
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”
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