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Article > How to bring back the Passion

 

Article kindly provided by Duane Alley

www.duanealley.com


This article is part 5 in Duanes series on Burnout.

You can read part 1 'Burnout' HERE

You can read part 2 'How to Stop Spinning Your Wheels' HERE

You can read part 3 'You've Gotta Have a WHY' HERE

You can read part 4 'How to Get Moving' HERE


Burnout Cause #5: Your Goal Is Stale

By this point, you’ve read a lot of causes of burnout and many suggestions for combating it. Are you still wondering why your head hurts every time you think about working on your goal?

Sometimes our goals seem fine. They’re measurable, we put a timeline to them and they’re things we really want (or, at the very least, think we want). But still they’ve lost their ability to motivate us, and as a result we feel bereft, bored, or just plain blah.

If this sounds familiar, you may think that there’s something wrong with you – it’s easy to start beating up on ourselves and think things like… you’re not disciplined or… you lack commitment… or you simply just don’t have what it takes.

Don’t be so hasty to get down on yourself!

The problem may not be you: It may be with your goal.

If you haven’t found yourself in the previous sections but are still suffering from burnout, here’s one more possibility: Your goal is stale.

Let me explain: In order to have the capacity to motivate, our goals need to captivate us – not just logically, but emotionally as well…

The logic part is important, sure, but even more important is the ability to ignite our passion and capture our imaginations. If your goal makes logical sense (“Get into law school,”) but your heart isn’t in it, you could be suffering from what you might call “stale-goal-atosis”.

Before you dump all those law school practice exam books, though, do some evaluation…

You could still want to be a lawyer in your heart of hearts, but you haven’t painted a bright enough picture to involve your emotions… yet.

You know logically that going to law school is the right thing to do, and it even feels right, but you aren’t captivated.

Sometimes stale-goal-atosis occurs when we’ve been working on a goal for so long that we take it for granted. We know we’re working towards a bigger picture – perhaps launching a company to become financially independent – but it’s become words on a page rather than a living, breathing dream.

It’s the living, breathing dreams that get us through the down-times.

Your goal can also lose its luster if it’s so far off that any and all progress seems just a drop in the bucket.

For instance, when you’re an ultra-marathon-runner, passing the quarter-mile mark doesn’t give you much motivation when you know you have 49.75 miles ahead of you.

Fortunately, in these situations, it’s not that your goal is wrong; it merely needs some freshening up.

We’ll talk about how to do that in the next section.

Answer #5: Make Your Goal Come Alive

So by now you know that having a great goal is only the first step.

For it to truly motivate you through times of trouble, low energy and even burnout, you need to make your goals come alive… Fleshed-out, passion-fueled, emotion-filled goals are the ones that are going to have you getting up early to hit the gym or staying up late to add one more post to your new blog.

While logic may tell you what to do, passion motivates you to do it.

Consider the difference between saying, “I want to lose 10 kilos so I can look good at my school reunion,” versus, “I want to lose 10 kilos so I can go buy a knock-’em-dead little black dress from the swankiest boutique in town, wear it to my school reunion next month, and make all those sporty girls who were so mean to me fall over in a dead faint because I look so good.”

Which goal do you think has the guts to inspire?

If you’re wondering how to make your dream come alive, it’s actually quite simple.

Thanks to Oprah, “The Secret,” and other New Age-y gurus, we’re all familiar with concepts like “visualisations” and creating vision boards… actually I teach them in at least 2 of my programs as well as working with Private Clients to use them too. These “woo-woo” techniques are not magic; they’re tools that have been used for decades to motivate.

Think about the basketball coach who has her players imagine playing – and beating – their big rival. Or the aspiring novelist who lies in bed at night, imagining what he’ll say when he’s interviewed on the “Today” show. Or the next Justin Bieber, singing his ten-year-old heart out in front of his bedroom mirror while imagining he’s performing in front of thousands…These are just visualizations.

If you want to make your dreams and goals come alive, you need to add texture, emotion, and colour to them.

What will it feel like when you walk across the stage to accept your law school diploma?

Exactly what store are you going to buy your reunion dress from, and what shoes will you wear with it?

Who will be in the audience at your first book reading?

This isn’t mindless dreaming; it’s creating the blueprint for your future success.

Plus it’s a lot of fun!

If there’s one thing to remember from this section, it’s that logic gives you the quickest route to your goal, but emotion makes the time fly.

 

So here’s your bit

Are there any goals you’re currently feeling a bit lost on or ‘blah’ about?

How can you juice up your passion, excitement and interest?

Can you use visualisation techniques to truly ‘turn you back on to’ the goal and outcome?


Conclusion

It’s natural to face some burnout along the way to your goals. Sometimes it’s as a result of working hard, sometimes it’s because you aren’t clear on where you’re going, and sometimes it’s because you’re not passionate enough about your end goal. Whatever your goal, and whatever the cause of your burnout, I hope these articles have given you some concrete ideas about how to revitalize your spirit.

Remember always that you don’t have to do this – whatever “this” is – alone. If you still need some inspiration, motivation or support find someone to help you with your progress.

I’ve taught for a long time that the old TEAM acronym of ‘together everyone achieves more’ is a lie! If you get a bunch of people who don’t know what they’re doing together then you’ll still get nowhere – just with a bunch of people around you to get frustrated with.

What’s needed in your TEAM are – Total Experts Achievers & Mentors… People who totally know what they’re talking about, have done it and can show others how. Dreaming and making those dreams into reality can be a lonely business. Having someone there beside you along the way is crucial for true accelerated achievement and having access to a community of people who really ‘get it’ is essential for real full-filling success. I’d be honored to assist you in the process.

Want to know how we can work together for your success, achievement and full-fill-ment – shoot me an email success@duanealley.com… let’s talk and get it happening.

Green Lights and Full Cups everyday


Duane

Duane Alley

 

About the Author

Duane Alley
Speaker | Trainer | Author | Coach

Duane Alley spent the first 15 years of his professional life working with some of the biggest and fastest growing retail and franchise businesses in the country; he then spent 5 years as Head Trainer & Coach for one of the biggest Personal Development companies on the planet.

He has combined his extensive experience from the business world in delivering real world results with his success and study of personal development, rapid human change and shifting consciousness.

As a Master Trainer, Author, Speaker and Performance Coach he now works with businesses and entrepreneurs quickly and easily improve their businesses and make more money and with individuals, couples and families to make simple changes and take small steps to live better lives day by day.

 

 

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