Leaders cannot keep achieving new goals and inspiring the people around them without understanding and staying in touch with their own dreams. These five strategies will help you reawaken your passion for your work.
1. Take stock of where you are. Are you losing passion for your dreams? Are you bored with your current job? Try to ensure you are in touch with your dreams and not just going through the motions of work.
Don’t adapt to the corporate culture so much that you no longer recognize yourself.
2. Find a program. Find an executive program and renew your passion. Take time out of your regular schedule and do a course or academic program. It will give you time to reevaluate.
3. Create a reflective structure. Might mean doing some exercise, going for a walk or a church activity. Have time simply for yourself to reflect on your day, life, week, or month and renew your energy.
4. Work with a coach. You may not be able to interpret your own thoughts or make sense out of life on your own. Make it a practice to get help from family, friends or a professional coach. This way, you can get a new perspective on how to use your talents and ignite new possibilities.
5. Find new meaning in familiar territory – changing your job might not be very easy, but if you carry out some small adjustments of your schedule so that they are more directly connected with your passion and values, you may find yourself doing more satisfying work and reawakening your passion.
According to Boyatzis et al (2002) leaders must keep their passion alive and help their employees keep theirs. “After all, sooner or later most people will feel an urgent need to take stock-and if they are given the chance to heed the call, they will most likely emerge stronger, wiser, and more determined than ever.”
One way of reflecting is to “try doing some free-form writing about your vision of yourself, speak your vision into a tape recorder, or talk about it with a trusted friend.” In doing so, you experience a release of energy and feel more optimistic about the future. “Envisioning an ideal future can be a powerful way to connect with the possibilities for change in our lives.”
Boyatzis, R., McKee, A., & Goleman, D., Reawakening Your Passion for Work, Harvard Business Review, 00178012, Apr2002, Vol. 80, Issue 4