As we celebrated my daughter’s 11th birthday yesterday, a few of the kids were out in the backyard playing basketball. Some of our friends remarked that my 8 year son demonstrated a passion for the game and was full of energy after playing well over a hour. It struck me that the same analogy can be made for the workplace.
When we all start out at a new job or company, we are all wide-eyed and busy tail. We believe that we can influence our work environment with our ideas and make a difference with our talents and expertise. We are just like every 8 year old- full of energy and with the desire to do what it takes to learn and strive to be our best.
Somewhere along the way, we lose our gusto and our energy is drained out of us. Whether we have stopped learning in our jobs, are overwhelmed by competing priorities or beat up by the responsibilities we shoulder, we start to tune out. We conform to what is expected of us and execute against goals but leave our passion and energy behind.
How can we keep our passion and energy levels HIGH? Here are two simple strategies to follow:
- Do something you are passionate about. This sounds simple but some of us have forgotten why we started our careers in the field we’re in and we need to remind ourselves why we do what we do. For others of us, we might not be doing something that aligns with our values and in essence need to ask ourselves the hard question. If we were to do something we felt passionate about, what would that be? Or how can we re-position our current view of what we do to motivate ourselves again?
- Take Care of Yourself. Many of us are walking around burnt out. Stephen Covey said it best in his international best seller “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” with the 7th Habit on “Sharpening the Saw”. Instead of piling more onto our full plates, we need to make sure we need to take care of our most important asset- ourselves! What are some things you are doing to take care of your physical, social, mental, and spiritual health?
How cool would it be for us to be around high energy people throughout the day? How amazing if we all had the energy of an 8 year old.
Let’s make a commitment to BRING the joy to what we do and be one of those people! I believe in you.