It will fulfil you.
Love what you do and do what you love. I know this statement sounds ambiguous in that many of us are doing things we do not love so how can we love what we do. This is the point I am trying to make. Too many of us are doing things because of the money and benefits that come with it, it looks good in the eyes of the public and we simply have no idea what we are supposed to be doing so we settle for whatever we get. However, do you really love what you do? Do you look forward to getting up in the mornings to do what you do?
If you love what you do and do what you love, it will fulfil you and give you a sense of a meaningful purpose. On the other hand, if you don’t love what you do, it may negatively affect your performance.
How to love what you do and do what you love?
I think one of the first things we should do is to document our personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). Use your strengths and opportunities to find what it is you should do. In other words, align and capitalize on your strengths and opportunities with what you want to do. Now when it comes to your weaknesses and threats, perhaps this will indicate to you what you should not be doing. However, do not rule out your weaknesses and threats completely because you may have those weaknesses and threats because of fear and lack of confidence. Examine the weaknesses and threats thoroughly as possible; you can transform them into strengths and opportunities thus allowing you to love what you do and do what you love.
In addition to examining your personal SWOT, you should consider doing a SWOT analysis of your role and job. There may be some things you like to do and some things you do not like. Rather than quitting the entire role, try to see if you can be assigned to the things you really like and then the things you do not like, someone else who likes it can carry it out. This may not be possible in small organizations but at least try.
Some of you maybe thinking that what you are doing is not impactful to other people. I personally believe that everyone has a role to play in effecting a change. Therefore, encourage feedback or do a survey among the individuals you are dealing with. Based on the feedback and the survey, you will discover the difference you are making in the lives of others and then you may end up loving what you do. That is why it is important for people to provide feedback to others as you may ultimately be helping someone to love what they do.
If you do not love what you are doing, find out why you do not like what you do. Is it your co-workers? Is your supervisor? Is it the environment? Do not allow the people in your organization to cause you to hate what you are doing.
However, if you have examined and reviewed the SWOT of yourself and your organization, and the positive feedback from others did not impact you, then maybe you are not in the right position. Perhaps you should consider quitting that role and finding something that you truly love so that you can love what you do and do what you love.