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Help! I’ve Lost My Drive

Published:Wednesday | November 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Let's hasten to clarify what 'drive' is being referred to. It's not a car. Neither does it have anything to do with libido. Rather, this article's headline represents the plaintive cry of many persons who have lost their motivation for their jobs.

Yes, they go to work every day. They put in the hours. Problem is, their hearts are just not into it anymore.

Try as they might, they just can't seem to get the fulfilment they once found in their work. Enjoyment has been replaced by ennui. The daily excitement of going in at eight has been replaced by eagerness to see the clock strike five.

One individual expressed it this way, "I'm going through a phase where I just can't get back in the mood for work. I feel uninterested, unmotivated, bored." She's not alone.

What can be done to rekindle the dying embers of work passion?

It's important to correctly identify the reason for losing one's work enthusiasm in the first place. A competent counsellor or HR professional can help in this process.

Below are five useful tips to help you start the process of getting back your drive at work, if you've lost it.


1. Do what you love or love what you do

Are you doing what you truly love to do? Often, boredom and lack of interest at work are just the psyche's way of telling us we are 'square pegs in round holes'. Our gifts, talents, abilities and interests would be better utilised in another job or field we are passionate about.

It is sometimes not possible to work at what we truly love, however. In such circumstances, we must learn to love what we must do. Identify a motive which you can associate with the distasteful job. For instance, think of your work as helping you to provide for your beloved children.

2. Make more money

If you're doing what you love, but you're unmotivated due to low salary, map out a strategy to increase your income. Seek a raise, a promotion, or a better paying job. Consider a second job, or develop a small business.

3. Take a break

Loss of passion for one's job is sometimes due to burnout. You just need some rest, plain and simple. So, take a vacation. Go relax and enjoy your favourite recreational activities.

4. Take more interest in your work

Yes, it's possible your job is not the problem. However, your attitude to it might very well be. Will yourself to take more interest in solving the problems your company is facing. Look around for ways you can add more value. Find ways to help your colleagues.

5.Confront Your Resistance to Success

Lack of motivation is sometimes a symptom of one's unwillingness to confront the fear of success or fear of failure. It's counterintuitive, but many people are afraid of their potential for being extraordinary.

They are terrified of people judging them, or of standing out. Also, they are scared of having to take responsibility for maintaining the success they might achieve. If this rings true for you, my advice is to feel the fear and go for it anyway. You'll be fine, I promise.

n Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and success strategist. He is the author of From Problems to Power and co-author of Profile of Excellence. Email