Ten Ways to Recapture Your Passion This Fall
Raise your energy level
Some advisors tell me they feel tired going into work or at the end of the day. While energy alone won’t rekindle your passion, feeling alert and energized is a necessary ingredient to bring excitement to your work. Consider changing your routine to increase your energy level – building in a brisk walk or short workout to start your day, mid-day walks to get sunshine and fresh air and fruit instead of a muffin or Danish.
Clean up messes
Few things are more disheartening than walking into a cluttered, messy office. Take a good look at your work space – a half hour to straighten things up or spending $15 a week on flowers could make a big difference in your mood.
We all know the expression “laughter is the best medicine,” and there’s scientific evidence that people who laugh often do better coping with stress and even live longer. Add five or 10 minutes at the end of each day to watch your favorite scenes from a funny movie. Or do an online search for “National Public Radio girl cutting sister’s hair.” It’s impossible not to laugh at this three-minute interview – and to feel better as a result.
Seek out positive people
Since enthusiasm is contagious, seek to surround yourself with positive people. Make a list of friends, clients or colleagues at work who are upbeat – and make a point of spending as much time with them as possible. Or go one step further – some advisors have had success with peer-support groups, in which a small group of advisors meet weekly for half an hour or monthly for a couple of hours to share successes and learn from each other.
Avoid negative people
Just as positive people give you energy, negative people take it away. Make a second list of people who sap your energy – and minimize the time you spend with them. Avoid “woe is me” colleagues at all cost. And if a couple of big clients are on that list, think about how you contain contact with them – or perhaps even part company entirely. Chronic complainers aren’t going to change – you either have to figure out coping strategies to deal with them or take a hard look at whether the revenue they generate is worth the cost.
Schedule regular breaks
Most of us need annual breaks of two weeks or longer to recharge. Beyond this, scheduling short breaks once a quarter helps maintain motivation – even a three- or four-day weekend can have a positive impact. That’s because research shows that the biggest boost to motivation from vacations isn’t actually the vacations themselves, but rather the anticipation beforehand. Scheduling quarterly or bi-monthly short breaks means we always have a mini-vacation to anticipate.
Find meaning outside your business
Some advisors get reinvigorated through activities that have little to do with our business; that energy will have a positive impact when it comes to the excitement you bring to bear on client interactions.
Some examples of doing things outside the norm:
- Dream vacations: Plan a trip to a destination that you’ve always dreamed of, whether it is Hawaii, Australia or an African safari.
- Physical challenges: Train for a marathon or for a hike up Machu Picchu or Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Intellectual challenges: I talked to one advisor who began attending the leading edge TED conference (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) in California; another advisors attends summer courses at Oxford. In both cases they return excited and inspired.
- Expand your thinking: You don’t have to travel long distances to get fresh ideas. you’re See if a local institution offers speakers series with some of top business thinkers. One industry participant I know, who began attending such sessions, told me he gets fresh ideas and consistently walks away energized as a result.
- Give of yourself: I’ve recently talked to four different advisors who organize ambitious fundraising events in their community; in every instance they say the sense of accomplishment from the success of these events has made this among the most rewarding things in their lives.
Put setbacks in perspective
I recently attended a talk by the academic director for Tel Aviv’s Technion University, an institution that has played a critical role in making Israel a high tech hotbed. Successful Israeli entrepreneurs were asked to choose the keys to their success from a list of 15 items, including financing and their network and skill set.
The overwhelming winners were resilience and persistence. In any ambitious endeavor, there will be inevitable setbacks – the key is to anticipate these as part of the territory and when you do suffer adversity, to have the determination, conviction and energy to bounce back.
Every advisor needs to find his or her own approach to maintaining motivation and recapturing excitement for the business – think about which of these elements might help you increase your motivation level or whether there are other approaches not on this list that might help.
Whichever strategies work for you, if you have ambitious goals to move your business forward, bringing genuine passion and enthusiasm to your business is essential. After all, if you’re not confident and enthused about the work you do, you can’t expect your team and your clients to be.
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