It is easy to become discouraged when you are in business and working for yourself. When revenue is not coming in as fast and things seem slow, you may become restless and, after a while, even disinterested. Or, maybe you have just experienced your first real failure and the backlash from bad press is beginning to take its toll. Whatever the reason, the fire that you had when you launched out into the deep and started your business may fizzle out. How to rekindle passion becomes priority. How do you get it back?
You Cannot Re-acquire the Fire!
Getting that fire back is, unfortunately, just not doable. The feeling you had when you started out may never be re-acquired and that is OK. Why? It is simple. When have you ever seen a fire – a real fire – be extinguished and then that same fire be rekindled? It does not happen. You cannot duplicate the same flame. And yet, that should not discourage you. In fact, it should ignite another fire, another burning desire, which will propel you to want to exceed far beyond your original target.
In business, bad times will come. Expect them and accept them. Just do not give in to them. And, certainly, do not kid yourself that you can ever regain an original passion. You have to get pass the original passion and look to where that passion was taking you. Remember what set you on your course in the first place. It was a destination not a feeling. That destination was a determined place, an objective, a goal. And, the passion you felt was a strong desire or need to get there. Do you want to still get there?
Find your way back to the reason you started on this journey.
If you want to get back on track, ask yourself these four questions.
- Why did I go down this road?
- What purpose am I fulfilling?
- Who benefits from me doing what I do?
- How can do what I do better?
If you can answer these questions and still feel that you yet have something to accomplish, you are on the right track and you are back heading toward your destination.
Get your passion back and the opportunites will follow!