Love ‘em or hate ‘em, those pastel candy hearts are a tradition for celebrating Valentine’s Day. Much like fortune cookies, these treats were originally shaped like scallop shells and contained paper messages. Today’s candy hearts are printed with catchy sayings right on the candy. These motto candies have evolved considerably over the years. Some now even say 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, our drive and motivation are powered by how much we love what we do. If you’ve lost that passion, rekindle that flame with these 5 secrets to a sweet career:

1. Figure out what you love to do

Think about your job and responsibilities. Create a list of the parts you love. Nothing is too big or small for this list. Figuring out what things you like (and acknowledging what you don’t like) will help you to figure out what things you really want out of your career.

Take some time to brainstorm your dream job description. Look for the overlaps. If your dream job description entails responsibilities you aren’t yet qualified for, make a plan of action to figure out how to get there. Identifying what you love to do will make it easier to pursue your passion.

2. 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 with a trusted co-worker or manager. Asking for help is a sign of strength and wisdom. It’s you reflecting on the fact that you want to improve and then seeking out your best avenues for support. Find an accountabili-buddy who’s got your back. This will help you stay on track with goals and your positive vibes.

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3. Make your workplace more pleasant

Stay clear of situations that lead to unnecessary negativity. While discussing the goings-on within your workplace isn’t a bad thing, gossiping can be detrimental. Limit your tendencies and opportunities to gossip.

Minimize your time with people who you don’t resonate with or like. Find your tribe to help to make your work environment that much sweeter.

4. Create 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. Create a list of what you’re thankful for and how those things have impacted your life. Buy focusing on the positives, you can more easily guide your mind away from complaints or problems.

5. 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 maybe you’re working for a good cause or have the flexible schedule you need. Even if things have changed since then, keep in mind why you accepted the job initially (and what’s important to you now). This can help you navigate your next steps. That may mean taking action to improve your workplace atmosphere or preparing a plan to find a new opportunity.

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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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