Each morning billions of us wake up and head off to work. Cars start, subway cars fill, computers spin, and each of us face another day making a living. Week after week. Year after year. In the midst of this seemingly endless ritual, you might find yourself wondering, “Why am I doing this?”
Of course, there are the obvious answers: I need to pay the bills; I gotta put food on the table. And some of us can readily identify that we also work to make a difference in the world, feel challenged, or be creative. However we chose to answer the question, the “why” of going to work is central to making a living.
But what happens when you’re just not into it anymore? When your passion for the work has cooled. When your job, instead of feeling like a meaningful exercise, becomes a daily slog?
It’s less about why we go to work and more about how we show up.
A 2015 Gallup poll found that 67% of Americans come to work disengaged. And research shows that when we’re checked out at work, we’re more stressed, less productive, and less willing to offer an innovative…