It is the season of hearts and flowers, when most people cherish and celebrate the people they love. I would like to encourage you to do the same thing for your professional life—take time to notice, acknowledge, and celebrate what you love to do and how you love to do it!
Is loving what you do a part of your list of important criteria for choosing a job, for being successful at that job, or doing what it takes to move ahead? Too often, we focus on the job description, how the person before us did the job, or what other people decide is important. And while you want to be a good team member and meet your internal and external customers’ needs, loving what you do goes a long way toward making you happier and more successful.
How does loving what you do make you more successful? First, you get more accomplished because doing it is enjoyable. Second, when you feel good, you are more open to trying new approaches, experimenting with new ideas, and testing a new way forward—which often results in big wins. And finally, loving what you do makes you more fun and inspiring to work with, so you attract more people, more resources, and more money to support what you need to get done.
- Determine what you love to do. Make a list of specific examples of the things—activities, tasks, jobs—that you most love to do professionally and personally. What is similar about the items on your list? Identify opportunities to do more of the kinds of things you love each day.
- Determine what you don’t love to do. Now, make a list of specific examples of the things—activities, tasks, jobs—that you don’t love. What is similar about them? Identify ways to begin to do less of these in your current job.
- Do what you love the way you love to do it. While doing what you love is important, also pay attention to how you do it—and love that as well. Do you prefer to work alone or with others? Do you prefer to talk or to write? Begin to notice and start to do what you love more the way you love to work.