Never thought I could do this……..
I walked into my boss’s office with my heart thumping out of my chest. Today was the day. I was going to resign from my job, from a career I worked hard to build over the last 25 years. Oh, there were parts of it I still loved, most of it I tolerated and well, the rest, I just was no longer interested. The last two overwhelmed the parts I loved.
It had been coming for a few years. I started working a plan two years before, but just couldn’t figure out when, how or what. I knew it was time to move on, but not exactly sure where I was going. I was tired. I just needed some space and time, time a hi-tech business could not afford.
I fumbled around to say I wanted to pursue other opportunities (standard fare for you want out). The immediate question was, where are you going to work? I said I didn’t have much of a plan, but was exploring a few things.
My boss looked at me from across his office and said – “Tim, your heart is no longer in it”.
YES! He found the words I couldn’t. I am sure my tone and the expression on my face said it all. I guess my heart was long gone some time ago. Maybe even years ago.
Is your heart in your work? Today, we hear that 70% of those employed are not engaged in their work. They show up, do what they can, collect their money and go home. Hopefully to more enjoyable activities, because that is likely all they look forward to.
There is nothing worse than having a job you tolerate or even loathe. It takes all your energy to show up, do some level of work so you don’t get fired, but in the end it steals your heart and sometimes your life.
So, how do you know if your heart is in your work?
Here are a few ways to tell:
- You can barely distinguish between work and play.
- Your days fly by, leaving you exhausted but deeply satisfied.
- You smile more.
- You suddenly can find time for relationships and activities that were a burden before.
- Your creativity is thru the roof.
- You often find yourself working for hours, in a flow, just churning out the work.
- You go to work with ease, eager to get after whatever you are working on.
- You have more energy for everything.
- You forgot it was payday today.
- You are willing to suffer, pull an all-nighter, stay late and not even think twice about it.
- Your purpose and values are aligned with the organization.
- People comment on your vibrancy, wondering where their friend went.
- You probably will lose weight, sleep better, eat better and frankly just be better.
- You have no problem helping a co-worker with a problem.
- You consistently feel more alive and excited.
- Your work comes easy, like you were meant to do this all your life.
Can you think of some more? Let me know below by replying.
Tight Lines, Tim