Staying dedicated to your passion can be an everyday challenge. Between fighting off the temptation to procrastinate and giving up all together, it isn't easy to maintain momentum and prolong productive activity, when life is so distracting.
Being in the "zone” is a term used when focus doesn't require a technique and you’re naturally plugged into your own genius. Where you can enjoy work for several hours straight, unaware of time and space. However when life jolts you back into play, trying to return to a zone of fluid productivity is an unbearable frustration.
So here’s ten tips to help you plug back into your brilliance.
- Set Your Passion as a Priority
When I mean priority, I mean place it way up there with eating, drinking and sleeping. However, rather than simply telling yourself you need to work towards your aspirations, liken it to how you feel without your basic needs. Such as the impact of hunger and sleep deprivation on your body and your emotions.
Liken your passion as a means to survive, if you’re not working towards fulfillment and self-actualization then you’re on a long, painful road to your demise.
- Develop a Fear of Not Fulfilling Your Potential
I’m all about conquering fears, however there’s one fear everyone should develop and embrace – a fear of not fulfilling your potential. Dying without purpose, wasting your life not having tried and wasting time on things that simply do not matter.
Remind yourself of this fear when you wake up in the morning. Beat procrastination and use this fear as power against those seven deadly sins.
- Remind Yourself of Everything That Makes You Miserable…
….then smile and give it the finger!
Your time is way too precious for negative infiltrations, so that list of misery you’re working on reducing, empower the fact that you’re working towards eliminating it. Remind yourself; while others complain, you’re making a conscious decision, and effort, to do something about the misery in your life!
- Measure Your Successes and Celebrate Them
First of all shatter your illusions of success if they’re only linked to monetary wealth and shiny, fancy new things.
How much have you learned? How has the quality of your work improved? How much have you personally developed? These are measurable levels of success just as much as the traditional pay-off.
Remember you can only welcome and enjoy your definitive success if you have nurtured the genius behind it. Encourage yourself to progress by measuring how far you have already come, there may still be a long road ahead, but your closer to the destination than you ever were before.
- Find New Sources of Encouragement
Listen. Learn. Support.
Although encouragement from your nearest and dearest is precious, the novelty tends will wear off. Seek to grow your support network by wearing your passions on your sleeve, define your life by your aspirations and encourage others to do the same and notice how you’re attracted to like-minded people, like bees are to honey!
- Stay True To Yourself
Not only are you an individual with a dream, you’re an identity full of potential and you're a “bad-ass mother who don’t take no crap off of nobody!” Let others worry about following trends and fulfilling statistics, stay true to who you are and what you want from life.
You are your only asset – protect it.
- Help Others
Fulfilled success and helping others are closely related: they make you share your identity with others and it demonstrations what true fulfillment feels like.
Do yourself a favour and help others. Helping others also humbles you, it keeps you from getting carried away with your desires and helps you maintain your own purpose and focus in life.
- Reward Yourself and Make Time to Unwind and Relax
After a marathon of work, don’t retire exhausted, reward yourself. Be it a cheeky Netflix binge or spending good times with good people, whatever you choose.
Reiterate the message of fulfillment; life is an abundance of joy so long as you maintain a healthy balance. Rewarding yourself after work is much more fulfilling than indulging for the hell of it.
- Schedule; Don’t Idly Live By Routine
I don’t believe in following routines, they bore me. I make schedules.
So long as you meet the deadlines you need to make, mix up your schedule and help your mind remain active, so that life doesn't become dull.
Humans are good at adapting, tap into this trait by mixing up your week. Revive your energy week by week and move tasks and responsibilities around. Change is good, change stimulates the mind and change is experience.
- Work With/Near Others Just As Hungry for Fulfillment as Yourself
It’s amazing how people can connect to one another, although your journeys may differ significantly, the thirst for life can measure up the same. It encourages you to work towards your own aspirations if those around you are doing the same.