Do the Work, and You Will Find the Energy to Love Your Work
This is an all too common challenge. How do you find the energy to do your work so as to progressively realize your goals?
For example, you may come home after a long day’s work and find yourself stagnant. You would rather have dinner, watch a little TV, then go to sleep. All the while, you are dangerously postponing and neglecting your dreams. In order words, you cannot seem to find the energy to do and love your work.
The danger in taking such a stance is you continue to put off the achievement of your goals. One day, many years into the future, you look into the mirror and find a much older version of you staring back. With those lifeless eyes, you wonder where the time went and what great things you failed to accomplish.
You may be also seeing a lack of results or progress in your endeavors, questioning why you should even bother, as you expect more of the same. These thoughts are, of course, self-defeating and unproductive.
So, how do you find the energy to love your work. How do you do that work in order to keep moving forward? The answer is simpler than you think: Do the work, and you will find the energy to do the work.
When you find the energy to do your work, you shift to a new state. It’s very similar to coming home after a long day at work, feeling worn out and tired. Your energy is at a place that is non-conducive to work. What I do is take a time out and meditate for a feel minutes. In doing so, I shift my energy to a different plane. As soon as I do that, I feel refreshed and ready to tackle my big tasks.
What is Work?
It is important to define what “work” is. I think most people think of “work” as a job they dislike. After all, the word “work” has a negative connotation. When people think of work, they think of activities that leave them physically and emotionally exhausted at the end of the day.
I have a very different meaning when I say “work.” In this context, work is the majority of activities that brings you joy and happiness. It is following and doing your passions. It could also include some the less pleasant activities that you have to do in order to reach your goals.
So, work does not mean your job. It is not something you dislike and find draining at the end of a long day.
Now, I know what you may also be thinking. I already tried this…doing my work hoping that the energy will appear out of nowhere for me to do my work. If this is the case, be honest and ask yourself a question: How badly did you really want it? Do you want it badly enough to do whatever it takes to get it?
Finding Energy to Love Your Work
Have you ever notice how kids complain about how tired they are when you ask them to do something? Yet, they magically seem to find the energy and perk up when you suggest something fun and interesting?
Think of the times you felt sad and lifted your spirits by listening to a happy song. Or, think of the times you were in a bad mood and changed it instantly by changing your thoughts. Likewise, think of how happy your family pet made you after a long, stressful day at work.
Think of the times you may have felt down and out, especially in a social situation. You may be going through a rough patch in your life or going through some personal issues. Your friends may be wanting to go to an after-party party. Instead of sticking around trying to be sociable, every fiber in your body screams at you to go home and wallow in self-pity.
Yet, you refuse to look like the party-pooper and ruin the evening for everyone else by being glum and gloomy. So, you decide to stay around for an after-party party.
What kind of evening did you have? If you are anything like me, you probably ended up having one of the best evenings of your life! By changing your attitude and your mindset, you went from feeling sad and gloomy to having a very good time. You see, you can literally make yourself happy.
You can apply the same mentality to your work. Start working and you will find the energy to continue doing your work. The key is to start.
Sometimes, it really is that simple. If you want to find the energy to do and love your work, then start by doing the work.
Do the Work
So, the next time you lack the energy to get to work, find that energy by doing the work. Somewhere along the way, you will find the energy seems to magically appear out of nowhere. It’s just like the exhausted kid who seems to summon energy out of nowhere when he is about to get ice cream. You, too, will discover reserves of energy hidden within you.
If you’ve found this article helpful or want to suggest tips on finding the energy to do your work, I’d love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below.