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15 Secrets to Make Your Current Career More Fulfilling

Admit it: you don’t always love your job. But if you’re not in a position to make a career change, your best bet is to love the job you have, and that means finding ways to make your current career more fulfilling. Reigniting your passion, fixing what’s wrong, and having more fun at work are just a few of the ways you can find happiness and be more grateful for what you already have. Read on to discover the 15 secrets of turning a lukewarm career into one that’s more fulfilling and enjoyable.

  1. Remember why you do what you do:

    Years ago, you may have jumped into your career with enthusiasm, but as time passed, you’ve lost the spark. What happened? Review your years in college and early on in your career to consider why exactly you were attracted to the field of work that you’re in now. Take the time to reconnect with what made you excited about your career in the first place, and you can reignite the passion you once had for your job.

  2. Admit it if there’s something wrong:

    Career expert Mel Robbins recommends speaking up if there’s something wrong at work. In her book, Stop Saying You’re Fine, Robbins advises readers to unblock themselves, admitting that perhaps, things really aren’t as fine as you say they are. If you’re unhappy, don’t ignore it. Admit there’s something wrong and work to solve the root of the problem instead of letting things continue unsettled.

  3. Downshift into a better work-life balance:

    If you’re overwhelmed by work, you may be eyeing a future that involves just walking away from it all. But you don’t have to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Rather, you can do what’s called “downshifting,” taking on a lesser position within your current career that isn’t so demanding on your time and energy. In this situation, you don’t even have to leave your current employer, although it’s certainly possible your request for a demotion rather than a promotion may be met with some confusion. Still, downshifting is a great option for professionals who love their career, but want to find more time for themselves and their families.

  4. Get fit:

    Your health and fitness is an asset, and getting healthier can offer you a career boost. According to research from Cleveland State University, workers who exercise on a regular basis will earn 9% higher pay than those who do not. Not only that, fit workers tend to be more satisfied in their work. With a healthy body, you’re able to be more productive and focused, bringing energy to work every day. Treat your body like an investment, and you can find more happiness and fulfillment in your career.

  5. Let go of office gossip:

    Sure, gossip can be irresistible, but it can slowly chip away at your office relationships and happiness at work. It can destroy relationships and trust, and leave a bad taste in your mouth. Be straightforward with your coworkers, and keep rumors to yourself. It will help you to enjoy healthier relationships at work and feel better about the people you work with every day.

  6. Help others:

    A recent report from the University of Chicago indicates that the most fulfilled workers are in careers that involve helping others. And while you may not be interested in making the jump to a career of service, you can find ways to be helpful no matter what you do. Become more giving at work, finding ways to fill the gaps and help out coworkers who may be struggling. Even if you could use some help yourself, you’ll find satisfaction and camaraderie in being there to help others.

  7. Get creative:

    The same University of Chicago report shows that workers who are creative enjoy great job satisfaction as well. Again, you don’t have to leave your current career and join a creative field to enjoy the benefits of being creative at work. Anyone can find creative new ways to work. Could your current routine use a tune-up? Get creative with new solutions and ideas for growing your career and doing things differently.

  8. Volunteer outside of work:

    Helpfulness doesn’t have to stop at the office. If you’re not being fulfilled by your career, volunteering may be the answer. Volunteering allows you to take on a new kind of work, help your community, meet new people, and feel great about what you’re doing. It can be just the thing you need if you’re struggling to find happiness at work. You might even find new skills and connections that can help you out in your career.

  9. Don’t let bumps in the road slow you down:

    Workplace troubles can be discouraging, but remember that everyone runs into bumps in the road sometime. Don’t let them stop you from pursuing happiness in what you do. Push through and refuse to give up: you’ll feel more accomplished having overcome the challenge.

  10. Set goals at work:

    Just as overcoming a challenge can make you feel more fulfilled in your career, rising to meet goals can feel great as well. Give yourself an attainable goal to work on achieving. It can help to increase your motivation and keep you focused. You might even be able to bust boredom, too. And of course, reaching attainable goals is a great way to find satisfaction.

  11. Be friends with your coworkers:

    Making friends at work can make all the difference between a job you hate and a career you enjoy. They can help you look forward to going to work each day, turning your workplace into an extension of your social life. Make it a point to connect with others at work and be more friendly. Participate in birthday celebrations, coordinate office happy hours, and find time in your day to stop by and say hello to your coworkers. It’s fun, and can even lead to growth at work: recent research indicates that people who have friends at work are 40% more likely to get a promotion in the near future.

  12. Give 100% at work:

    Don’t trudge through work and life just doing what you have to in order to get by. Really give work a good effort, and you’ll find more satisfaction. It’s easy to get distracted by menial tasks, social media, and other temptations, but if you’re able to find focus and give work your all, you’ll be more satisfied. Commit to giving more effort at work and you can enjoy the good feeling of a job well done.

  13. Ask for a promotion:

    While you’re giving more effort at work, you just might find that you have the capacity to do more. Look inside your own organization to find opportunities for expanding your current role. Update your resume, consider what you have to offer, and approach your supervisor or HR department with your desire to do more with a new position at work.

  14. Make it fun:

    Even if you don’t love your job right now, bring a positive attitude and a motivation to make it fun every day. You may have more control over your day than you realize. Connect with funny, positive people at work, and make a commitment to find happiness in your everyday tasks. Make a game out of what you do, celebrate small accomplishments, and bring humor to work on a regular basis to find more fulfillment.

  15. Be grateful for your job:

    You may not enjoy your job every moment of the day, but in this economy, it’s a great strategy to love the one you’re with. Sure, there’s always going to be a better job out there, or someone who has more fun at work than you do. But at the same time, there are so many that would be happy just to have a job at all. If you have a job, be grateful for it, and recognize how fortunate you are to enjoy regular employment when so many others do not.

October 25th, 2012 written by Staff Writers

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