According to a Gallup poll, only 13% of employees, or one-eighth of the workforce, are engaged at work across 142 nations; this means that if you're reading this, you're probably not excited about your job, let alone passionate about it.
Here are four new ideas to help you figure out what you want to do with your life if you're stuck. Take your time with the process, and remember that you'll be closer to your goal no matter what happens.
1. Get to the root of the problem
If you're having trouble getting out of bed every other morning for work, the first step is to recognize that you're no longer as enthusiastic as you once were. Similarly, you may have a problem if you experience unpleasant days at work every other day. That said, this isn't something to be embarrassed by.
Rather than lamenting it on Facebook, sit down and consider what might have caused your employment problems. To make a positive change, you must first assess what appears wrong at work or even within yourself.
Once you've identified the source of the problem, you can begin making slight changes to yourself and your work environment to help you get through this trying time in your career.
2. Start With the Right Perspective
If you went into a restaurant with the firm belief that "I'm not hungry," you'd be in trouble. I won't be able to eat anything here. "I don't want to be here," you say, knowing that the menu won't appeal to you. You won't give it the time or attention it deserves, and you're unlikely to locate cuisine you'll love eating.
Passion-seeking follows the same principle. If you believe that finding your passion is difficult or impossible for you, you will remain closed to opportunities. You'll be obstructing the little nudges, pulls, and messages that all of us rely on. How can you expect to find a meaningful job if you don't believe it exists?
Choose to believe that you can live your life doing what you love. Surrounding yourself with living examples is one of the best methods to strengthen this point of view.
3. Discern Between a Hobby and a Profitable Passion
You may fall head over heels in love with an activity that engrosses you—something that lights you up and makes your heart sing—as a result of your exploration. However, you must now ask yourself, "Who would profit from (and pay for) this?"
So, if you want to give your passion to society while also earning money, you'll need to be realistic about whether or not to turn this into a career—and what you'll need to do to make it happen. Furthermore, consider whether or not you would enjoy doing those activities; for some people, a passion is enjoyable, and turning it into a job transforms it from a "love to do" to a "have to do."
For example, if you enjoy drawing, you would like to create art simply because you want it. When she tried to develop her profitable business into a full-time job, she discovered that the market for her skills comprised business owners who required graphics for their blogs, websites, and products. This seemed like fun to Lisa, but to advertise her services, she wanted to expand her toolset to include digital abilities to use her design work online by her potential clients.
Keep an eye out for others who might benefit from your newly discovered passion, and try to strike up a conversation with them to learn more about how, where, and when you might help them.
4. Think long-term
There will be things we enjoy doing and things we despise doing in every job. Unfortunately, the latter consumes a large percentage of our time and energy in our day-to-day work in many cases.
We all have paperwork and housework to deal with, and we frequently engage in "fire-fighting," or dealing with pressing issues and crises as they arise.
The remedy is to refocus our job's purpose and position rather than getting too wrapped up in minor concerns that aren't central to our work.
You will eventually reacquaint yourself with your passion when you remind yourself of the good ol' days when you wouldn't give the world for what you do for a living. If you would like to learn more advice for any self-development topics, you could also consult with us! Also, follow us at Instagram @baikgp and @ayureadypodcast for more information and extra insights!