5 ways to love your job again

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“Attitude is the most important quality and can influence how you see things, or your performance. Pessimistic people usually see things negatively, and they tend to underperform because they assume the worst of everything,” says career coach Evelyn Masotja.

Here are 5 ways to help you fall in love with what you do again:


Recommit to do your best, and be the most knowledgeable and useful person in your line of work. Renewed effort can stimulate thinking and ignite passion. Challenge yourself to do things differently.

In her book How to Reinvent Yourself and Stay Relevant, Sonia Booth says you need to assess if your career aspiration is aligned to who you are and what you want to be. “Personal branding enhances your self awareness. When you go through the personal branding process, you develop an understanding of what makes you unique, valuable and powerful, and it helps optimise and flaunt your strengths.”


Pretoria-based training consultant and career coach Khanya Matlala is adamant that you set goals, even if it’s just one, that “would reflect who you want to be in the workplace. It will get you thinking, behaving and responding well to difficult situations. If you challenge yourself to excel in your current position, that can be your advantage wherever you go.”


Your environment depends on how you see things. Have a positive attitude towards your colleagues and the work you do, no matter what. If things are not where you want them to be, start working towards your goal.

Make a habit of avoiding all the negativity, including colleagues who complain about everything. After all, detoxing your work space goes beyond just cleaning your desk and office.


Authors Nadia Bilchik and Lori Milner, in their book Own Your Space, ask if you’ve ever taken a moment to think about all the people who assisted you and introduced you to others? Are those people in your networks? Once you have a good network, it’s easy for you to stay on top, they write. Every experience is part of the journey.


A short course or a more formal qualification may be the kind of thing you need to help recharge your career. It will not only upskill you, but will give you access to a whole new group of people with whom you can share ideas. A course may provide the much needed break from the mundane and ignite a new spark for your career.


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