Guest post by AmyK Hutchens
“Love withers with predictability; its very essence is surprise and amazement. To make love a prisoner of the mundane is to take its passion and lose it forever.” ~ Leo Buscaglia, author, motivational speaker and professor
Can you remember a time when you were excited about your work and had extra pep in your step walking into the office? Remember when you could not wait to get up in the morning? Or, have your days unfortunately become predictable, mundane and even worse -- passionless? If you were to take a step back and look at your career as you would a relationship, would you say the honeymoon stage is over?
Though the above quote may be about a love of the romantic kind, its sentiment can ring just as true when it comes to one’s job. What if you could regain the excitement for your mission at work and find a way to fall back in love with your job? Would you want to go to work if you could experience the same symptoms of falling in love?
Butterflies in your stomach, a quickened heartbeat, and big, goofy smile that you wear all day, a feeling that the world is wonderful and full of meaning, and beaming goofiness at everyone who crosses your path…
The early stages of a relationship are built on attraction. Physical attraction. You're drawn toward someone who turns you on and lights your fire. Missing this fire at work? (And I don't mean the lack of a cute co-worker.) You can spark these flames of passion at work just like you do in a personal relationship. When it comes to attraction, chemicals such as phenethylamine, dopamine, and oxytocin flood your system. These chemicals keep your mood elevated, senses extra alert, and give you the urge to bond with others. As this chemical romance increases, your attraction to the object of your desire intensifies and you start to feel just a wee bit giddy.