- Roll Back. Take out some time to think through how it all started. Ask yourself some heart-searching questions: why did I take up this job in the first place? What where the plans I had from the onset for taking this job? What attracted me to this organization? What quality did they see in me that made them to give me this job instead of someone else?
- Be Frank. You need to assess the situation objectively: Why exactly are you not feeling excited about your job any longer? Is it because the bills are now more than your pay can handle? The organization does not care about your welfare? Your colleagues in the same industry but in other companies are faring better? Your taste for life has improved? Your employer/boss is just difficult?
- Change your thinking. The truth is: what you think you’d feel; what you feel you’d say; and what you say you’d act. You must work deliberately on your thoughts. If you think ill of anyone, you’d feel bad towards them, and no matter how you may try to conceal it, it would surely find expression. Victor Hugo said, “A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.” So, why don’t you labour on the right things!
- Love your colleagues/boss. There is something many people don’t like to hear though it is the truth: LOVE IS NOT A FEELING (an adjective); LOVE IS AN ACTION (a verb). If you do great things, you’d naturally feel great. If you dress smart, you’d naturally feel confident. This shows that feeling naturally follows action. Go out of your way and show love to your colleagues/boss, even if they are simply unlovable. (I can understand how you feel!) But you know, experience has taught me that no human can resist love if it is genuine and consistent. Do something today to show that you care.
- Love your customers. There are many things we don’t do just for ourselves, but we must always take into consideration the fear and aspirations of the people we are responsible to/for. Think of the first two/three months you got the job, how did you handle it? How did the first client you served feel about you? Did you think your contribution made any difference to your clients? I visited an aviation company sometimes in 2010, and I was wowed by how the receptionist gave me all the assistance and care to ensure I got through to the person I came to see. I couldn’t help but dropped a note to appreciate her for her kind gesture. Do you think she won’t want to replicate same to another customer? Now if it is the same receptionist reading this article, think of the note I dropped on your desk that day.
- See The Big Picture. You need to develop a vision for life that is beyond you. You may be a cleaner reading this, an office assistant, a middle-level manager or even the CEO, think of how your role imparts on the vision and mission of your organization. Look out through your office window and see the building next to yours. Can you see the foundation? Can you see the bricks that were used in molding the structure? Can you see the cement that was used to glue the bricks? Do you know the architect, the building contractor, or the manual laborers that put this gigantic structure together? Your answers may be ‘no’. But you can sure see the finishing of the house. You can see people moving in and out of the house. Now, people may not see you or even know whether or not you exist, but your role has contributed to the reason why your organization is still in business; why clients go in and out of the office complex for one form of business or another.
- Be Grateful. One of the main causes of depression is that people tend to see or focus more on the negative things around them. as these get bigger, they begin to feel unfit, and desirous to opt for the quickest way out. to have your excitement back, think of the great things that your work or job has made possible for you – an apartment, a car, independence, prestige, a family (many are not married because they don’t have a job!), positive contribution to others, opportunity to discover and develop your gifts – and just be thankful for these things. Gratitude gives you the discipline to focus on the positive side of life.
- Be Patient. You may have lost the joy of work possibly because it is time for you to advance, but you must know that the attitude with which you leave your present job may affect other decisions you’d make later in life. Be patient to be sure that you’re not leaving for the wrong reasons. You should still be able to connect with your present colleagues or boss even when you join another organization. If nobody misses you when you leave, did you really exist?
Bond. Connect. Care. Share. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “The hunger for love is more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread”. Sow love. Show love. Love is energy. And the best way to have enough of it is to give it.
To your productivity!