Here’s a suggestion to help rekindle your drive at work:
Try to remember and connect with your values every time you walk into the office, whenever you chat with a client or team member, and even when completing routine tasks like paperwork. Remind yourself: “This is why I’m here.”
When you actively look for ways to fulfill your personal mission and values, you find opportunities in surprising ways. While this isn’t a magic pill, it can bring some magic back into your work. Don’t allow yourself to fall into a zombie-like routine and forget to connect with what you love doing.
Often my coaching clients are good at their jobs; so good, in fact, they could go through their day on automatic pilot… what a mistake. Ask yourself questions all the time:
- “Why am I doing this?”
- “Is there a better way?”
- “Who else can help out here?”
- “What do others think about this?”
Another important point to remember is that organizations have values, too. To be effective, your values must be compatible with those of your company.
In coaching my clients, they may have conflicts of ethics and values with their organizational culture. If these aren’t sorted out and resolved, they won’t flourish in their jobs. That’s when it becomes time to reevaluate their career choice.
Know and Manage Yourself
Self-knowledge is essential. In business, nobody will manage your career if you don’t. Ask yourself three questions:
- What are my strengths?
- How do I perform best?
- How do I learn best?
Learn about your strengths through feedback analysis. Whenever you make a key decision or take a key action, write down what you expect will happen. Later, compare the actual results with your expectations. Over time, your strengths—and your incompetencies—will be revealed. Spend the most energy on developing strengths in lieu of focusing on weaknesses.
How do you perform best? Are you a reader or a listener? Some people work well in teams, while others excel when flying solo. Some learn by doing, while others process information by hearing themselves talk.
The key to knowing yourself well is to receive feedback from peers, formal assessments, or a mentor or coach.