This recent article from YSN.com is relevant even to those not interested in making a career change.
The article’s first of ten suggestions touches on finding your happy things. I’ve found being happy about even the smallest things (someone brought in Reese’s Peanut Butter cups! The office temperature is perfect!) really make a difference on your outlook.
It isn’t always easy to figure out what makes you excited. Try asking trusted friends or colleagues what your talents are and what they think you are passionate about. Pay attention to the conversations where you are the most engaged or that could last an hour without changing topics. Check your TV and internet viewing habits. Are there websites that you visit daily that inspire you? Do you love HGTV? Can you incorporate these “excitables” into your current job by taking on new projects or adding additional responsibilities? If you enjoy creative writing, but don’t get to do that from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. offer to blog for your company.
If you are interested in making a career change, don’t put limits on yourself. As I’ve said before, it never hurts to apply for a position even if you don’t think you’re qualified. If it is a position you would love or in an industry you’re passionate about, go for it! In this economy and job market, let the hiring manage put you in the circular file. Don’t put yourself there.