February – the month of LOVE. It’s everywhere you look in decorations, foods and even emotional commercials. Personal love is one thing; professional love is another.
Years ago I worked on the build, design and development of health coaching for a large insurance company. Healthy living was my world: it was what I ate, drank, slept and preached for years……then, the company had a reorganization and I found myself in a different company with a different title in a new PM role – helping with IT projects. I did the work to the best of my ability every day, but the passion wasn’t the same. I couldn’t get excited about my job. I was no longer in love with my work. I felt sad inside and slowly even stopped living that healthy lifestyle. My diet changed, I exercised less, I felt stress more. Professional joy was shrinking with each day.
Then, I read a Forbes article dated March 13, 2015, written by David Surt and Todd Nordstrom called “Do what you love? Or, love what you do?” The right words hit me at the right time helping me realize that loving the impact my job had on the customer was something I could focus on. Here was something I could appreciate and be passionate about again. When I really focused on meeting the needs of my customers, the joy of my job began to grow. The projects became more appealing and hurdles didn’t seem as challenging. Interestingly, changing my focus also began to positively impact my health. Today I can honestly say I love my work.
David Frost said “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.” Marc Anthony says “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” What about you? Do you love your job? If not, is there a way to look at your tasks differently so you too have a job you love?