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February 14. Valentines Day…
Some love it. Some despise it. Some go down the traditional route with red roses and romantic dinners. Others like to get a little more creative and adventurous. Some spend it with friends. Others alone. Restaurants are booked out and this year women flocked with their begrudging male counterparts to the cinemas to see the controversial yet overwhelmingly popular 50 Shades of Grey.
At Naked Ambition we see Valentines Day a little differently.
On Valentines Day we like to ‘get into bed’ with our careers (it sure is a tight squeeze with our partners). We believe your career should be nurtured, loved and celebrated like any relationship.
So as Valentines Day has just passed and if you are feeling like you have neglected your relationship with your career, here are a few tips to inject some love into your relationship.
Tip #1: Date nights and surprises
As creatures of habit it is all too easy to fall into the trap of complacency. And the problem with complacency is that it comes with boredom, it lacks inspiration, and it becomes toxic for any relationship. Date nights are important for you and your career and you can do this by setting some new goals and taking on new challenges. Put your hand up to do things at work that both scare and excite you a little – present at a team meeting, organise an internal conference, spend more time with work people outside of work, have that conversation with your boss that you have been putting off and get involved in networking opportunities. Your career will thank you for keeping the spark alive.
Tip #2: Perhaps its time to say the “L” word to your career
Take some time to reflect. I know it can be daunting to say those three little words “I love you” but it is important for your relationship. Think about what it is that you do love in your career and even write it down. Be specific. Why are you in the current role you are in? What do you love about the company you work for? What do you bring to the role and what can you gain from it? It should be a loving and mutual relationship. And if through this process you discover there is something specific you don’t love about your job then refer to tip #1, set some goals and change it.
Tip #3: Send your career a bunch of red roses
Even if you are like me and don’t like romanticism or traditional gestures, when it comes to your career it is the simple but thoughtful acts like this that can make all the difference. As we all know red roses symbolise passion and a healthy relationship with your career requires passion. What is it that you are passionate about? Are you pursuing your passions within your current role and if not how can you integrate your job with your passions? This may require a bit of creativity and strategic thinking. If you can channel your passions into your career you are guaranteed for a long-lasting, sustaining and exciting relationship.
We hope these handy little tips act as reminder to you of why you were first attracted to your career. Have fun love birds.