Working in the field can be hard sometimes. We face stress, pressure and things that are hard to forget. When we face such atrocities frequently, we sometimes ask ourselves if the help that we provide is making any difference at all. Seeing that the given help has a small scale impact next to the unfortunate events, we sometimes feel discouraged and forget why we started our job in OCHA. The passion for our work might slip away in such conditions.

But what is passion exactly? If we take a look in the dictionary, passion is defined as being a state or an outburst of strong emotion. Different articles around the Web state that passion is linked with a positive energy.

” (…) it is essential that this activity be meaningful for the person (…) ”

Motivation and passion

When we talk about passion, we often think about motivation. But what is the difference between them exactly?

The dictionary defines motivation as being a reason for acting or behaving in a particular way.  The reasoning behind the action is that there are factors involved such as : need, reward and expectations from others. The motivation can be intrinsic or extrinsic. The motivation can come either from the inside (it gives us pleasure for example) or some external factors can motivate us to have some specific behavior.

The difference between passion and motivation is: contrary to intrinsic motivation, it is essential that this activity be meaningful for the person and part of one’s identity to be a passion (Vallerand, 2012). Motivation is the fuel that starts the engine but passion is what makes a person enjoy the ride.

So, the key to passion if having a meaning.

Stressful events can make your passion weaken a little. So, here are some general tips on how to revive the passion in you.

In General

According to Hongkiat’s article (2017), reawaking your passion means that you need a step back. Taking a break or getting a step back helps you to get a new vision of your job. The break helps you to get the resources that you need to get that new vision.

Furthermore, getting the passion back is about learning and challenging yourself. With these in hand, you will be able to change your focus and see your work in a different perspective as well. It gives you a new meaning.

But here are more specific tips for waking up your passion at work.

Tips for Managers

  1. Listen and empower people. Communication in the workplace is essential to have a good environment to work in. In such positive conditions, you can be happy and be able to want to be more involved in your work. Being involved is the key for passion.
  2. Don’t be afraid to change things up. Changing your routine is good for keeping yourself interested in your work. Nobody likes to do the same thing over and over. That could be a trap to lose interest and lose the passion.
  3. Stay away of perfectionism. Accept that things will never be perfect and embrace that. Seeing bad when there is no need is the perfect trap to see everything in black.
  4. Abolish the hierarchy dynamic between you and your staff. Make yourself accessible to everyone by listening and being open to learn from others.
  5. Don’t lose your integrity. Be consistent in your actions. This will be a perfect setting to avoid any type of hypocrisy.
  6. Inspire your staff to be passionate about their work by letting them to be creative and independent. Giving those possibilities to your staff will make you inspired and passionate in your work.
  7. Propose projects that you care about. As a manager, you can always propose projects that you really care about. Don’t hesitate to be creative!

Tips for the Staff

  1. Get along with people around you. Since passion is a positive energy, the only way to reawake it, is to be in a positive environment.
  2. Listen and be communicative.
  3. Be aware of your impact. Never forget that you have an impact on the environment that you are in. Being aware of that makes you want to keep going and it makes the flame in you become more alive than ever.
  4. Give your input and try to innovate when possible. Bringing some creativity to the table will help you to feel empowered. It makes you feel purposeful.
  5. Learn new things, you might get a new vision of what you do and like your job even more. We never finish learning about anything!
  6. Get inspired by colleagues. Let your colleagues’ energy and vision influence you.
  7. Reconnect with your original goals. Like I said, stress can often make us forget the passion we had for our job. But remembering why you started, can bring you back the lost passion.