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The difference between loving what you do and just tolerating your job is phenomenal.

Love what you do - The Butterfly ProgramLoving what you do makes you feel energised, motivated and enthusiastic. You’re more confident and capable. You care about your work and the people around you and you bring all your skills and strengths into play.

Loving what you do has a contagious ripple effect. You brighten other people’s day with your enthusiasm and energy. When you are served by someone at the grocery store who is happy to be there and cares about the service they provide it feels incredibly different to being served by someone wishing they were anywhere else but scanning your unremarkable weekly provisions.

Loathing what you do can also have a contagious ripple effect, and not a good one. You get home from work and feel sluggish and fed-up. You’re discontent and cheesed off and everyone else is made fully aware of it.

Loving what you do is a choice. It is up to you to make that choice.

If you’re in a job you’re not totally satisfied with, or an environment you’re not happy in, change it. Make it better. At the very least give it a go. Here are a few suggestions to help.

Make it matter to you. In the work you do or the people you serve find what is important to you. Look at what is missing or what you would like to change. If you are naturally sociable and enjoy connecting with others but there is a lack of communication and interaction in your workplace start a conversation, smile, network, talk.  As per the famous quote from Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Relate it to your long term goals. I believe that everything we do and experience is for a reason, every job opportunity offers some kind of value, nothing is wasted. What skills are you learning right now that will help you achieve your long term goals? Perhaps it is patience, resilience or confidence. Or maybe you’re improving on negotiation, customer service or business writing. What knowledge are you gaining and new contacts are you making that may assist you in the future?

Look for opportunities to shine. Don’t be satisfied with doing the bare minimum, use your natural skills and talents to add even more value to your role. Look for ways to make a positive difference. If you are the customer service rep on the end of the phone bring your unique energy and enthusiasm into the call and brighten someone else’s day.

You will be the biggest benefactor of loving what you do. Which leads me to another quote from Mahatma Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

To your success and happiness, in all aspects of your life.

Lisa Cutler.