3 Strategies to Love Your Work

#changingcareers #humanresources #loveyourwork #positiveworkculture #shrm #valentine’sday #work positive #worklifebalance Feb 11, 2024

How many times have you heard, “Do what you love and love what you do and you’ll never work another day in your life?”

Sounds great, right?

There’s some great truth in that statement.

Who doesn’t want to love what they do?

And who never wants to work another day in their life?

We all do!

But even as you think about that sentence, your mind wanders over to, “Sure wish I loved my work.”

And then you think, “How do you do that anyway?”

Doing what you love and loving what you do fall in that broad category of, “Easier said than done.”

It’s complicated.

Here’s your starter kit for 3 Strategies to Love Your Work:

Love What You Do for Work

The physical and mental activity of your work must reward you emotionally in order for you to love what you do. Quiet quitting, coffee badging, and whatever else is up next are the direct result of a lack of emotional engagement with work. Sure, some of this deficit is because of a toxic company culture. However, it’s up to you to choose work that you love.

For some people, it’s mentally knowing a difference is made, whatever that might be. For others, it’s the physical exertion that creates an endorphin rush. You love your work when you intrinsically value it and enjoy most of the associated activities.

When that value is lost, you may have transitioned to another phase of your work. Working with a career coach like @Julie Bauke or @Michelle Raz around the current season’s purpose to your work is helpful to again love what you do.

Love Who You Work With

In the WEconomy, team is a given. You work with others to create and leverage more than your “I” can do alone.

You attract others to your team based on your core values, priorities, and unique contribution. Your core values and priorities create a commonality of why all of you do what you do and how you do it. Your unique contribution is complementary within the team.

Examine within yourself who you love working with and why. Conversely reflect on who you don’t work well with and why. Change what you can about the “don’t” relationships. Either accept what you can’t change or transition to another team or company. Working positive is challenging enough today without dragging yourself to work because of a stressful team environment.

Love Who You Work For

Ultimately you work for two groups of people: your customers/clients and your family.

Your customers/clients are those persons whom you attract to solve a problem they have. They need or want something and you supply the product or service that conveys the answer.

Do you love your customers/clients? If so, tell them as often as possible. If not, find some more to your liking.

It costs too much to do business with some people.

You also work for your family. You work to achieve some measure of financial independence to invest time into your family relationships. You work to provide responsibly for the needs and desires of the persons with whom you enjoy your most intimate relationships.

Let your family know often, especially this week, how much you love them and love working for them.

As you do, you love what you do and do what you love.

Sure, it’s complicated to love what you do and do what you love so you never work another day in your life.

Start today with these 3 Strategies to Love Your Work. Create your own positive work culture!

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