Love ‘em or hate ‘em, these pastel-colored candy heart treats are a tradition for celebrating Valentine’s Day. Like Chinese fortune cookies, these treats were originally shaped like scallop shells and contained paper messages. Today’s candy heart is printed with catchy sayings right on the candy. These “motto hearts” have evolved considerably over the years, even saying things like “Email me” and “Tweet me.”
Sweetheart or not, we should all be sweet on our jobs. We are all driven by different things, but when it comes to work, one’s drive and motivation can only be powered by how much you love what you do. If you’ve lost that passion, we believe that, with just a few simple changes, you can rekindle that flame and learn to love what you do. Here are five secrets to a sweet career:
1. Purr fect. Figure out what you really love to do.
First, think hard about your job and create a list of the parts you love. Nothing is too big or small for this list. Figuring out what things you like and don’t like will help you to figure out what things you really want out of your career. Then, brainstorm a dream job description. Look for the overlaps. If your “dream job description” entails responsibilities you aren’t yet qualified for, it’s time to make a plan of action to figure out how you might get there. Identifying what you love to do will make it easier to pursue your passion.
2. I got u babe. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you feel overwhelmed or are struggling with an aspect of your job, don’t be afraid to consult a trusted co-worker or manager about ways you might be able to find support. Asking for help is not a reflection of character, intelligence or competence. It is a sign of strength and wisdom to seek out help when you need it. Finding an “accountabilibuddy” that’s got your back, will help you stay on track with goals and positivity.
3. Sweet home. Make your workplace more pleasant.
Stay clear of situations that lead to unnecessary negativity. While gossiping isn’t always a bad thing, it can be incredibly harmful not only for you, but also others may be affected. Find ways to limit your own tendencies to gossip, and don’t engage with gossip with other people. Minimize your time with people that you don’t resonate with or like. Finding your “tribe” will help to make your work environment that much sweeter.
4. Thank you. Make a gratitude list.
Write down all the little and big things you’re grateful for both at work and out of work. Gratitude shifts your focus. Studies have shown that making a list of what you’re thankful for is a positive exercise that takes your focus away from your complaints or problems and helps you begin to focus on what is good in your life.
5. Stir my heart. Remind yourself why you took the job in the first place.
Think back to the initial job offer and why you accepted it. Perhaps you’re making good money, or you’re working for a good cause, or your schedule is flexible. Even if things have changed since then, keeping in mind why you accepted the job initially (and what’s important to you now) can help you navigate your next steps, whether that’s taking action to improve your job or preparing a plan to find a new one.
In the words of Steve Jobs: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Following these simple tips can help to place you on the path to a sweet career doing what you love and loving what you do.
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