If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.
The first time it happened, I thought I was being flaky.
I was staring at the blank page, trying to come up with a new post idea for my skincare blog. Inspiration had forsaken me.
Truth be told, writing another article was the last thing I wanted to do. For the last couple of months, I had toyed with the idea of closing down the blog.
My heart wasn’t in it anymore.
I had been so sure skincare blogging was my big passion, but now it just bored me to death. Each day a repeat of the previous one.
And for what? The blog was growing at a snail’s pace. In the past, that didn’t matter. I was doing it for the love of it. It was the only reward I needed.
Now that was gone too. All I could think about as I sat down at my desk was finding a new venture to throw myself into.
But I had invested so much in this career, I wasn’t sure I should let it all go like this…
I decided to pursue new projects while working on the blog. For the next few years, I went all in and explored all my passions, from skincare to freelance writing to coaching.
But every time, history would repeat itself. I’d fall in love with a career only to lose all passion for it a few months later. I was so flaky!
Truth bomb: it doesn’t matter how much you love your job, you’ll lose all passion for it one day.
It’s like falling in love with a man (or woman). At first, you’re so in love, you can hardly bare to spend a few hours apart.
But as life gets in the way, and habits set in, that sparkle disappears. Next thing you know, you wonder if you wouldn’t be better off with someone else.
The monotomy of daily life can kill your passion for your work, too. Even if that job is your life’s purpose.
So many people never fulfill what they came on this planet to do because they give up too soon. They think losing that sparkle is a sign they’re on the wrong track. They don’t realise it’s a normal part of the process.
How To Reignite The Love When You’ve Lost Passion For Your Work
Not sure if you can reignite the love or if you’ve lost all passion for your work? These questions will help you find out:
1. Do You Need A New Challenge?
Monotony is the death of passion.
When you do the same thing day in and day out, the excitement fizzles out. You start doing things on autopilot. You’re bored out of your mind.
That’s your cue to switch things up. Can you implement a new marketing strategy, create a new product, or ask your boss if you can work on a new project?
I love skincare, but I was getting bored with writing the same type of posts. I mean, how many cleansers can you review before you run out of clever ways to say “it cleanses skin without irritation?”
When I realised that, I started brainstorming new types of posts. Now I also write about skincare dupes and short brand guides to help people identify their best products (and duds).
But what if taking on a new challenge or project at work doesn’t cut it? Sometimes, a new challenge means a new career.
It’s possible you’re in the wrong career and no matter what you do, you’ll never reignite the love for your job.
It happened to me when I started freelance writing. I’ve always loved writing, so I was sure it’d be a perfect fit.
I tried guest writing for other blogs, copywriting for beauty businesses, and even penned articles for women’s magazines. I hated all of it.
If you think you need to switch careers, test the waters first. Keep your day job and do something related to the industry you want to enter into on the side.
If it turns out to be a dead-end, you can look for something else and still pay the bills.
TAKE ACTION NOW
What can you do to switch things up and make your job interesting again? Brainstorm a few ideas and pick the one that excites you the most. Now, go do it!
2. Did You Give Up What You Love?
I started my skincare blog because I love to write. At first, that was pretty much all I did. Back then, there were no social media channels, affiliate links, and fancy page-builders. Heck, most blogs didn’t even have photos!
As all these things popped onto the scene one by one, I began to spend 80% of my time on tasks that had nothing to do with writing.
Yet, I couldn’t quit. You need to be on social media to spread the word about your articles. You need affiliate links (or other monetization method) to pay your bills. And you need your website to look beautiful.
Truth bomb: as your business grows, you’ll spend most of your time doing things that have nothing to do with your first love, the reason you started that business in the first place.
Is success really worth it if you can’t spend your time doing what you love?
That’s when I knew I had to hire a part-time VA to help me deal with all the things that were taking my time away from writing.
What can you do to have more time for those parts of the jobs that you’re passionate about?
Delegate and automate as much as you can and discard the rest. If you’ve taken on a new role in your organization, take a step back and go back to your previous one. Or look for a different role where you can better use your gifts and do more of what you love.
I know it’s scary. But unhappiness is too big a price to pay for success.
TAKE ACTION NOW
What activities you dislike have replaced those you like? Brainstorm a few ideas to do less of the former and more of the latter.
Not sure what your passions are? Click on the image below to download the Passion Finder Worksheet to find your passions and start living them now.
3. Are You Overwhelmed?
The problem with having a job you love? You tend to go overboard.
Work doesn’t feel like work, so you happily skip launch while working on your business plan, stay up until the wee hours of the morning to finish your coaching programme, and attend a hundred networking events a month to spread the word.
Before you know it, you’ve burned the candle at both ends. You’re so exhausted, it takes forever to answer an email. The mere thought of going to another event or tell someone about your business makes you want to scream.
That’s your cue to take a break from work. No, the world isn’t gonna stop turning and your business won’t crash and burn either.
Self-care doesn’t take time from work. It gives you the fuel you need to do your best work.
TAKE ACTION NOW
What can you do to recharge your batteries and show up full of energy every day at work? Maybe it’s taking a bubble bath every night, going for a massage once a week, or turn down your computer at 7pm so you can spend every evening with your family. Write it down and then do it.
Over to you, now. How do you reignite the love when you’ve lost passion for your work? Share your story in the comments below.