If you are working a job that may not be your ultimate role, that's quite alright because most of us have to work to eat. What is not conducive to your well-being is working without getting some sense of fulfillment either on or off the job. We know there is good reason to utilize passion to spark engagement, excitement, and a sense of purpose, and that is where self-motivation can be the catalyst to realizing our goals. Self-motivation is the drive to keep going despite your circumstances, and an easy way to get motivated is to do something you love.
Here are a couple of suggestions to fill the void while you are working towards your dream job:
A) Create a proposal to incorporate your interests at work, expanding your role or adding tasks to your responsibilities.
Ensuring alignment with the company's strategy and the benefit(s) for the business is core to your proposal being taken seriously. Make sure your assignment will give you new skills to add to your resume.
B) Create side projects outside of work to provide the release you need.
These options can lead to new connections, new experiences, and new opportunities, while minimizing feelings of being unproductive or disengaged. Using this approach gives you the option to showcase your talents and illustrate to others that there is more to you than on the surface.
The ability to incorporate your passion into your schedule, even if it's not a source of income, feeds that part of you that brings elation, productivity, and enrichment to your life. By investing in something you enjoy, you are planting seeds for new opportunities to manifest. Whatever you choose to do, know that you will have to get out of your comfort zone, and that is the beginning of your growth.
Stacey Rivers is a strategic project leader and the author of the book "50 Essential Tips to Getting & Keeping The 'Right' Job". Follow her on Twitter @staceyrivers13.Back to Candidate blogs