Finding What You Love and NOT Letting It Kill You.

Living for your work is incredible, but can hurt your work-life balance. Ultimately, you could do more harm than good to the big picture of what you love so much. They say that too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing…


“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” is confidently advocated as the professional paragon. With this philosophy, you’re told you’ll never feel overwhelmed, or defeated – you’ll never experience burnout.


Or will you?


The continuation of this article will dive into making your passion marketable, building a healthy relationship with your career, and recognising when things have gone too far.


It isn’t always easy to pinpoint what your passion is in overlap of what you can profit off of in your career.


Pursing your passion is vital, and a large portion of that is finding what moves you and embracing it.


But this article will also delve into the flip side of this phenomenon. When does living for your work get out of hand?


This article discusses how to find your passion and run with it. It also discusses the healthy approach to incorporating your work and life into a satisfying whole.


Part I: Understanding Your Marketable Passion


The first step is being clear on what gets you going. You might already know this, but if not – don’t sweat it.


Think about the direction that’s felt the most natural to you in the past. Start broadly – as broadly as possible. You might be studying something along those lines, and even though you know it’s what you like, you might not feel that it’s what you love. Your career will lead you into the specifics, but you want to create a guideline for the direction.


Think about why you chose your field of study. Take the time to analyse what pushed you in that direction, and where you want it to lead you.


Simply choosing your degree doesn’t point you in the direction of what you’d like to do with that degree. That’s when your true passions come into play.


Find where you’re positioned in your goals. Do you want to work with other people, or on your own? What audiences can you relate to most? What feels the most natural to you?


The ultimate goal is to combine your education with what moves you.


So – what moves you?


How can you combine that with your education?


Determining that combination is the next step to finding what you love and making it your career.


Find the experts that share your motivators, and model them.


And as you progress, you’ll see the doors opening up to that direction – your decisions will naturally be impacted by your awareness of your end goal.


Part II: The Balancing Act


So, you’ve discovered your real passion, and you’ve found a way to profit off of it. But how do you make sure that that fire never dwindles?


It is a common occurrence for those who do what they love to lose the line between their professional and personal lives.


Even if this sounds good, it can ultimately result in feeling like the pressure is on to never stop working.


Sadly, after a while, that can extinguish your flame.


Identifying with your work so closely that it becomes what you live for is incredible – to a degree… But never forget to reap the fruits of your efforts by relaxing and enjoying life outside of your work.


Enjoy the sunshine. Revel in your accomplishments. Take a step back, observe the change you’ve made, and remember that it’s enough!


Otherwise, you could find yourself in a downward spiral that will stop you in your professional tracks.


Part III: How to Recognise that it’s Become too Much


Prevention is always better than cure, and understanding and integrating these three warning signs into your personal work culture will ensure you don’t sacrifice your long-term satisfaction for short-term gain


1. Keep your “always-on” mindset in check.


When you enjoy your work, you can forget to give yourself downtime. It might not feel natural, but you could need to set tangible boundaries for yourself and enforce them. Even if it makes you feel weird, or a little bit guilty.


Remember that you’re slowing down now so that you can do more in the long-run.


2. Think hard on how “resilient” you need to be in your workplace.


Being “resilient” is important and it comes easily when you’re passionate – but resilience and pushing your limits can sometimes intertwine. Pay attention to the line between loving what you’re doing and tolerating it.


3. Monitor your own perception of your work.


If you find yourself feeling like the progress you’re making isn’t enough – notice it.


If you find yourself worried that you aren’t influencing the big picture – notice it.


Notice if you start getting lost in negativity that you didn’t feel before, because these thoughts are the clearest warning sign of all.


Don’t let those thoughts engulf you, because they put you on a slippery slope to losing your drive. Self-awareness and self-monitoring are the keys to making sure you do what you love, and keep loving it forever.


If you’d like more advice on how to pave the path to success, join Generation Success’s Success Seekers programme via our website. Our team is constantly on the look-out for new ways to build your career, your employability, and your confidence to be the most desirable employee on the market.

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