Posted by: healingtheworkplace | April 4, 2011

Have You Got Passion for Your Work?

Well, it’s another cold, wet, and rainy morning on the West Coast of Canada. It’s one of those days when you’d prefer to pull the covers up over your head and go back to sleep.  

Fortunately this morning I don’t have to go anywhere. In fact, I’m staying put, keeping warm and dry and enjoying my coffee while I write this blog post.  But watching the rain come down got me thinking about all of the people who have to get up and go to work on mornings like this.

Needless to say it’s not much fun and for a lot of you it’s a real drag especially if you are working at a job that you hate or in a workplace that is less than nurturing or inspiring. If so, you are not alone!

According to a Gallup Poll, 73% of us are not psychologically connected to our work. We show up but we feel no passion for the work we are doing.

But there are a lucky few who bounce out of bed regardless of the weather. If this describes you I want to know your secret? What motivates you?  

Is it the money? We all need to make a buck but does this really inspire you to jump out of bed in the morning, raring to go to work?  I suppose that if you make enough money then this could be a real motivator regardless of the type of work you do.

Maybe it’s a passion for what you do? Passion is a pretty strong word to describe work but there are a lucky few who have jobs that they are passionate about.

I’ll bet that these lucky people have found work that helps them fulfill their life’s purpose.

Life purpose or vocation is something that was once reserved for a select few who were ‘called’ to vocations such as the ministry or teaching. Now life purpose has gone main stream.  A recent Google search using the words ‘life purpose’ turned up 32,200.000 results.   

We all have a life purpose! If we choose to work at specific jobs or for specific organizations and these jobs fulfill us and help us to express our life purpose then we are more likely to be more engaged, motivated and productive.

Clarifying purpose and values is a life-long journey that can be both enlightening and challenging. As people identify priorities, they may find that they need to make conscious changes so they can spend more of their time doing what they truly value.

The Power of Passion by Richard Leider is a good place to start if you don’t know what your life purpose is. A personal coach can also help you explore this.

Have a great day! Lesley


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