It’s pretty easy for life to seem stale. We tend to do the same thing most of the time, and being in a routine with no room for growth or new experiences can get old quickly. If we don’t build time into our schedule for what we love to do, we struggle to truly enjoy our lives.
Whether you’re passionate about a hobby, exercise, going to the movies—whatever—even that can start to get old. That seems downright unfair, doesn’t it?
So what do you do when even your passion gets stale?
Here are four ways to rekindle your passion:
1. Start by taking a break for a while.
Take the pressure off yourself. If it takes some time before you’re ready to pick it back up, that’s OK.
2. Think about what it was about your passion that initially got you excited.
What specific actions were you doing when you looked at the clock and were shocked to see that hours had gone by, not minutes? What is it about your passion that makes you feel alive?
3. Ask yourself what it is about your passion that’s killing your enthusiasm.
If you can narrow down what parts you don’t like, you can find out if there are ways to avoid them or do them differently.
4. Do more of what you love and less of what you don’t.
If you’re able to increase what excited you to begin with and reduce what saps the fun, then things should start to feel like they’re back on track.
When you’re back to being fully engaged, you’ll have the energy and creativity to really take your passion to the next level – whether that’s making money at it or simply having it return to being a source of joy in your life.
There are so many things we have to do; your passion should be something you want to do, not a burden. Get back to basics with it and see if you can rekindle that old flame.
If after giving it some serious effort you discover that you just don’t feel the same way about it anymore, move on. There’s no sense in trying to force yourself to enjoy something. This just means a new chapter in your life is about to begin.