Why do I feel unfulfilled at work?
Feeling unappreciated, conflicted, drained, frustrated and disconnected are words I hear a lot as a coach when people are talking about their career. However, knowing why these feelings exist is not always so clear to my clients. Knowing something is wrong, but not being able to articulate exactly what is driving these feelings can make it hard to know how to rectify the situation.
For many when we dig further it’s a case of a clash of values.
Why finding your passion doesn’t always work
It’s often said “do what you love and it will never feel like you are working again”, maybe it won’t but for a lot of people this can just seem unrealistic. In my personal experience, this statement is banded around too much and for some, it can actually keep them trapped in a draining job as they don’t believe a career change is possible for them. Finding your passion is only one option and doesn’t work for everyone, understanding the bigger picture is an approach that can work for all.
“Do what you love” or “find your passion” are strong statements; they can be scary, firstly they assume that you actually possess such depth of feelings towards something and secondly if you don’t have a passion, a love, what’s wrong with you! Maybe you start to feel the pressure to find one and what if you don’t choose the right thing! If this is ringing bells, let me reassure you that you aren’t heartless; there isn’t anything wrong with you. In this situation, it is about letting go of this idealistic concept and adopting a more realistic approach.