With a million and a half things to tackle, sometimes all you can do is keep your head above water. It’s times like these where you might feel that passionate flame dwindling, and stop getting those “aha” moments of inspiration.
If you ever find yourself feeling in a rut at work, you need an inspiration intervention. Because who has the time to wait for inspiration to strike again?
Getting inspired and passionate is within your grasp and easily accessible; it just takes a little elbow grease sometimes.
Try something completely random
Steve Jobs famously said “you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
He attributes a lot of his motivation and success to trying new things, even if he couldn’t see how they directly connected to his future goals. Taking a calligraphy class, for instance, was a source of inspiration to use beautiful typefaces on the first Mac computer.
Even if you’re not reinventing the computer, you should do something similar. Try that new cooking class or project, even if they don’t directly correlate with your bottom line. It will not only lead to fun, but it’s one of the greatest ways to get inspired everyday!
Act like a little kid
If you’re feeling uninspired due to the day-to-day monotony, pretending to be 7-years-old again is a perfect way to rekindle that spark.
If you’re giving this advice the side eye, a study featured on the Wall Street Journal showed that those who imagined themselves as 7-year-olds scored significantly higher on tests of inspired thinking than those who took the tests in their “adult” minds.
By rethinking everything, you can go into work and look at everything with a fresh set of eyes. Throw the “that’s how we always done things” mentality out the window, and examine ways to improve everything. When you do this, you’ll constantly find ways to get inspired everyday.
Reclaim your passion
Richard Branson once wisely said, “There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions.”
Just like Branson, you (hopefully) started your business or career because there was something there that drove you. However, I can attest that it’s easy to get dragged down in all the daily drudgery that’s required to run a business, and throw that passionate work to the wayside.
It’s during these times that I make sure to pencil in my work-related passions. If this keeps happening, I even consider outsourcing those tasks that I really despise. Even if it’s for a couple of minutes a day, you should do something similar.
Get inspired with the Tribe
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