Have you ever felt passion for someone or something? Think about it. Wasn’t it amazing? Now think about work. Have you ever had these feelings for your job? I’ve been in nonprofit for years and care deeply about my work – but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I felt that spark of passion. I was assigned a short-term fundraising project that was so big it felt impossible to complete. Once I got over my fears, I mapped out a plan with my volunteers and we got to work. Something about the nature of the project, its mission and potential impact moved us – we were determined to be successful. The days flew by, each one better than the next and new opportunities and ideas were flowing – I had never felt more alive.
It was a struggle after the project was brought to a successful end. I found it difficult to continue showing up at work without that deep sense of engagement and passion. I now knew that it was possible to be excited about my job. I also knew that I was capable of far more than I had ever realized. It was a wake-up call to take control of my career and look for work that would allow me to make a difference and reach my full potential.
How much energy do you have for your job and organization right now? If you’re stuck, how do you figure out what you’re passionate about? Here is an interesting article about passion at work and five questions you can ask yourself to figure out how to ignite that spark:
1. What do I love to do?
2. How can I be the best version of myself at work?
3. What gives me energy or makes me feel excited?
4. When have I felt the most joy at work?
5. How can I bring this into my work?
Passion isn’t the sole domain of entrepreneurs, sports figures and entertainers. Trust that if you’ve never felt passion for your work, it’s possible. If you’ve lost that spark, you can find it again. In some cases, it might require you to move to another organization or start your own business. Passion and excellence are deeply intertwined. Passion turns work into play. Passion transforms work into something that you love to do. It fuels great organizations and truly inspiring leaders, regardless of where they sit in a company’s hierarchy, know how to tap into it.