Hello SOTGC community,
Here is the second part in our “Summer Slow Down” saga.
Rekindle your passion for work
Contrary to popular belief, burnout doesn’t come from working too much. It comes from lack of fulfillment.
It takes time and space to find your fire with work if you’ve lost it.
If you’re already on fire, summer is a great time to appreciate what’s fulfilling about your job. That way you can head back after vacation renewed with clear intentions.
And if your motivation is lagging, it’s an even better time to take stock of where you are, what’s missing for you, and refocus on what’s possible. Here’s where we get to look at ourselves, not just as professionals, but as whole people.
Why do we do what we do?
What satisfies us?
When are we most proud of?
Whose lives do we impact?
I have a good friend who works for a well-known game company. When she told her eight-year old son that she was about to start working there—and that she would have an x-box in her office—his jaw dropped and he was speechless.
In that moment, she may as well have told him she was a transformer with rocket jets in her heels. She was his hero.
Games had already changed her son’s life (made it super fun!), and his reaction mirrored some important values they have as a family. What a great window into the real possibility of her work.
She has the potential to shape family leisure time, which can set the tone for how a family relates. She also has the power to create lasting memories.
So now my friend can consider: “What impact do I want to have?” “What can we play with here?” “Where can we do even better to pull families together to play?” “How can we make an experience that’s unforgettable?”
Or, since it brings her such joy to amaze her son, she could have fun considering, “What could we do that would truly blow my son’s mind?”
See where I’m going? Take time to get reacquainted with what excites you.
What’s the “why” behind the work you do?
Whose lives do you want to you benefit or change, and how?
What’s the “why” behind your upcoming projects at work? Who benefits in the end?
Think big. Then think bigger … big enough to bring your heart fully into the game. What out-of-the-box goal could you set for yourself or your team that would keep you excited no matter what?
Stay tuned for Part III in 4 Ways To Take Advantage Of The Summer Slow-Down