Have you ever felt run-down, but have no idea why until a week later when your workload is lighter and you majestically feel much better? That’s probably because you are not enjoying your work.
I understand that at this point, all work is essential. We have to work to live. So since it is a requirement, you might as well find somewhere you enjoy working. There are so many benefits to working in a positive environment.
Working somewhere that makes you happy will result in a continuous positive feedback loop. The loop will, in turn, generate productivity. You like the work you are doing, leading you to work harder, which results in appreciation and praise of your work, creating a positive environment around your accomplishments that motivates you to continue to work enthusiastically, and so on and so forth.
The more you enjoy your work, the more productive you become.
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” And you know, I think he was on to something. If the work you’re doing gives you joy, are you really working? Doing something that brings you joy only creates room for contentment and happiness in your life. Since you are doing something you love and/or enjoy, you will probably want to do more of it, thus becoming more productive.
Positive feedback on your work motivates you to continue to work well.
Words of affirmation are not everyone’s love language. However, in the working world, words of affirmation, or rather, words of encouragement can go a really long way! If you surround yourself with positive people and positive energy, you will feel more fulfilled. All of this will only further your love for your work, and you know the rest by now.
If you're still struggling to know if you should make the switch to find a job you love, try asking yourself these questions:
Do I find joy in my everyday work?
Do I feel supported/seen/heard?
Do I see myself here long-term?
Am I in a positive environment and am I fostering a positive environment for others?
Am I willing to learn something new?
Not so long story short– if you’re feeling burnout, consider doing a SWOT analysis of your work environment and see if you are working in a positive environment that encourages you and your work. If anything, I hope this post gives you the sign you’ve been looking for– love the work you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.
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