How many of us sit at our desks, at a coffee shop, or in an office on autopilot, plugging away at daily tasks that feel less like the stimulating routine we envisioned and more like a daily grind?

For most of us, work equates to just that, work. It's something we do to pay the bills, to support our families. It's not something we necessarily need to be happy doing. But I'm here to shift your thinking. Why can't you be deliriously happy at work? There's no rule that says you have to settle for anything less than work that inspires you and allows you to truly shine.

Here are three things you can do right now to bring more challenge and fulfillment to your everyday work experience:

1. Define success for yourself

Success is a very personal thing. What motivates one person can vary drastically for another.  For me, success is spending the majority of my time focused on work or tasks that are fulfilling, leveraging my Zone of Genius, maximizing my potential, and helping others in a meaningful way. Think of what your own version of success is, write it down, and make sure that your job and career is providing the kind of success that's important to you.

2. Embrace who you are and pinpoint your genius

Your genius involves the kind of thinking and problem solving that keeps you in your sweet spot of challenge. Ask yourself, "When am I in the zone?" Pay attention to those moments, and identify the type of thinking that you're doing when you're in the zone. Isolate what that is and put a name to it; that's your genius. Next, value it and use it as much as possible. It's a superpower that you possess, and it's the key to being challenged in the right way at work

3. Fully leverage your purpose 

Everyone deserves to feel that their work is contributing to something that's meaningful to them. When you aren't clear on your purpose, you start to think you should be doing things to change the world on the weekends or outside of work to make up for the lack of fulfillment you're experiencing in your day job. Leveraging your purpose at work will allow you to start experiencing fulfillment every day, which plays a significant role in happiness.

At a time when working on cruise control is commonplace, don't settle for anything less than something that energizes you. Feeling challenged and fulfilled at work isn't a pipe dream.

Published on: Mar 5, 2018