How To Rekindle Passion
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Finding passion is like finding a missing piece of jewelry or a lost loved one – it can be difficult at times. Sometimes, you just need to work on it through experiences that lack passion but are still meaningful for you.
Finding passion is not an easy thing to do alone. It takes teamwork from yourself and others to succeed. This could be coming together after a broken relationship, learning how to connect with people more effectively, trying new things, and investing in activities and hobbies that give you joy.
It also means being willing to let go when something no longer works for you. You have to know when to quit (which will probably be many times)!
This article will talk about ways to re-ignite your passion and what may help you find it again.
Consistency is one of the biggest killers of passion in your life. When you lose interest in something, whether it’s person or activity, you usually try to avoid doing that thing again by not engaging with it.
But when you don’t engage with that thing, you also stop thinking about it, which makes repeating the behavior even easier. This circle of silence can easily continue for quite some time until someone else does the things you used to enjoy and sparks are reignited.
If you want to re-ignite the fire, you have to be willing to put in the work to make it happen. You have to be willing to go through all the steps up until you reach the point where you feel passionate about the thing, at least once. Only then will it burn strong for you.
It’s easy to get comfortable with things, so it takes some effort to make changes. If you feel like you’re running out of inspiration or passion for something, make a plan to do it — then go through with it.
It might be going to a movie you’ve been wanting to see forever but have never made time for, taking an art class you’ve wanted to take for years, buying that new gadget you’ve had your eye on for months.
Whatever it is, let yourself spend money on it and enjoy it. Then, once you've invested in it, do what you need to do to keep it alive – show up at the place every day, pack your supplies ahead of time, etc.
If you want to stick to this idea, start small by making a habit of spending one hour each week doing something that will use up a lot of resources that you already have – creating a routine that doesn’t require too much investment but still makes you happy is ideal.
This can be done anything from reading a book you’ve been thinking about for a while to talking to people who share similar interests as you.
Ask for what you want
Let’s look at it from another angle. What if I asked you to do something that made you feel tired, stressed out and maybe even a little bit angry? What if I asked you to do this outside of work, late at night, when your kids are in bed and there is no one watching?
What if I asked you to do all of these things while being distracted by other things? It might sound crazy but here’t ask you to do it anyway.
I’d like you to give me your full attention for just twenty minutes every day. Twenty minutes where you don’t have to worry about anything else because everything else can wait.
And I’ll tell you right now, it won’t matter how busy your life is or how much stress you’re under, you will find the twenty minutes. You will know exactly how to use them and you will use them frequently, making the rest of your days more calm and balanced.
This is important because we live our lives with so much pressure. We hold onto hard jobs, money problems and relationships that no longer work and keep us feeling unhappy and frustrated.
We also get stuck in ruts – behaviors that become automatic and repetitive without us realizing it.
It’s time to break those habits and create new ones that help you relax and enjoy your life more.
Do not force passion
Sometimes, in fact, you need to just give up and walk away. If your love has gone cold, it’s time to move on.
If you have come to the end of your rope with trying to reignite the fire that once burned, then giving up is probably what you should do.
You deserve to be happy more than anyone else does, and if she doesn’t feel the same way about you then it's time to find someone who does.
Don't beat yourself up over this - we all lose interest at times, even when things seem pretty good. It happens.
But don’t waste your precious energy keeping hope alive where there isn’t any. You will only hurt yourself.
Find your passion partner
Finding your passion is like finding that perfect person you have been looking for ever since high school. You have to be willing to go after what you want, be persistent, and not give up easily!
Finding your passion takes time, but it’s worth the effort. Once you find it, you will know it. It will make you happy and feel good about yourself.
You will also probably get some nice rewards – at least emotionally – and maybe even financial ones. Having a career or life dedicated to something you love makes you happier than if you don’t.
Blogging is a great way to pick up where you left off when you lost focus (or lost motivation) to writing years ago. I recommend trying out blogging as an easy way to begin. “Pick a niche, start publishing content, and see how things go from there,” says Kelly.
She continues by advising against buying expensive equipment or becoming too focused on growing quickly before figuring out who you are talking to about your craft and what they want to learn.
Instead, she suggests thinking about your weaknesses and seeking out tutorials and courses to improve them.
Your potential passion partners can be people in your field you admire, outside of your field, or even beyond fields altogether. For example, someone might teach you how to cook new dishes, so you both agree to prepare each other’s favorite foods once a week.
Recharge your battery
It can be hard to feel passionate about something when you don’t seem to have much energy for it. You may feel tired, empty or like things are drifting away again.
If this is how you feel right now, try some of these tips to re-ignite your passion. These strategies will help restore the balance and inspiration that you need to enjoy what you're doing.
Tip 1: Do Something That Makes You Happy
This could be anything from going out with a friend, reading a book you've been wanting to read for ages, taking an online course, washing up after a meal, whatever makes you happy and content.
Having done this, next time you want to do something more ambitious (like writing your best ever novel), just give yourself a short break first - say, one hour - before getting started.
It's important to recognize that you'll probably not feel very motivated at times, but that doesn't mean you should give up.
It’s not enough to exercise once in a while if you want to feel passionate about exercising. You have to make it a part of your daily life to really keep up momentum.
There are many ways to enjoy an activity every day, even something that some may consider boring like taking a brisk walk or swimming.
Many people start to lose interest in activities they used to love when they become too comfortable doing them. By adding new exercises into their routine, they find it hard to stay away!
Surprise yourself by asking how much energy you have today and how much energy you will have tomorrow. If there is less than you wanted, then do something you have been wanting to for a while.
If you already exercise, try to add another activity to your schedule to help you feel happier and healthier. Even just 5 minutes a day can make a difference.
Blog post: Why Is Sleeping So Important?
Bullet point: Sleep helps us manage stress
When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies respond by having a lower level of cortisol – a hormone that affects mood and emotional regulation.
Learn to laugh
A good sense of humor is one of the most important things in life. If you cannot make someone else chuckle, then you will probably not be very popular. People who have a great sense of humor are loved and they know it!
If you want to re-ignite passion with your partner or friend, learn how to make them laugh. You can do this by telling funny stories, acting silly with them, or doing something that makes them smile.
You might also need to take time off apart from each other, but once you both feel relaxed again, you'll connect more strongly than ever before.