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How to Rediscover Your Passion for Work

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Finding yourself with a lack of passion for your career can come at any moment. It can be a fleeting moment. Or it can be a moment of intensity. The fleeting moments come and go. The greatest opportunities for growth come when your passion gets really shaken and you have no choice but to take a hard look at yourself. This is the time to go deep and figure out what’s at the core of your lack of passion and how to shift your passion back on. Here are some tools that will help you take an honest assessment of your passions and where they truly do and don’t lie.

Find more places for depth

One of the challenges of leadership is that you don’t get to put your hands in the pot anymore. The skills and expertise that got you into leadership quickly fall to the wayside as we take on more management responsibilities. Where I once was an expert in measuring marketing’s success, I now simply manage those functions. I am looking at the big picture, setting the vision, and taking the long view. This doesn’t leave a lot of room for the nitty-gritty details of every project my team has in flight. The challenge comes in when I don’t feel like I’m doing what I love anymore. That is usually a sign that I’m skimming the surface on a lot of things and not going into any depth on anything interesting to me. I thrive on depth and need it to inspire my passion.

Find something you can go deep on. What to select will be unique to you, but could include art, writing, learning a new language, exploring martial arts, woodworking, or any activity that excites you. Use this opportunity to prioritize all the things you’ve “wanted” to become an expert at and go do it. Pick one thing and go deep on it instead of trying to do a bunch of things. That’s what got you here.

Find something else to be........

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