It is a new season here in the Northeast (maybe not technically), but the start of the school year unofficially begins with the passing of Labor Day. And for most of us in the Northeast there is a great sense of excitement in many households. The expectations for a great year are running high. There is a sense of new beginnings in the air, and it feels good.
The energy and enthusiasm is palpable and it got me thinking about corporate culture. I started to ask myself about what we have in Corporate America that gets us this excited about work and what is ahead. Is it the beginning of a new project, the introduction of a new leader or teammate, is it the earnings report? As I thought more about this, I realized that this is precisely what I am talking about to people when I talk to them about being stuck in the middle. You cannot get unstuck if you are not passionate about what you do. At the very least, you need to be passionate about aspects of what you do.
We cannot survive in this world without being able to look forward with excitement and enthusiasm about what we do. Nobody wants to be Eyore all the time. It is a drain on you and everyone you come into contact with. If you’re feeling stuck in the middle at work, take the time today to re-evaluate what gets you moving in the morning. Commit to a passion and use it to drive you. Find meaning and purpose in your work and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much more excitement you will feel day in and day out. No one is asking you to be the starry eyed first grader who cannot contain there excitement, but it is time for you to find the joy in what you do.
If you are having a difficult time pinpointing the specifics of what make you excited about the work that you do, it is time for a change. It may be a change of scenery or a change of roles, but you need to take the time to re-evaluate what you are doing and decide if it aligns to what you want to be doing.
It is a new season, the start of a new year and … it is time for us all to seek and find our career passion with a fresh perspective.