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Once you find career passion how do you keep it? What do you do when you lose motivation and find yourself in a slump?
Today’s post shares an honest look at what it’s like to try and find your passion again.
I would like to say that everything in my freelance business is going great. I want to say that my blog is blowing up and I’m having the time of my life as a business blogger.
But the truth is, I struggle too.
Some months are amazing and all the stats are going in an upwards direction. Then other months, I the numbers are going down and I feel like a loser.
Do you ever feel like the business you’re building isn’t as rewarding as it used to be? Like all-of-a-sudden this passion project you left your job to work on is making you feel unmotivated?
Are you in a career slump?
This my friends is called a career slump. And I’m not talking about one of those “wake up tomorrow morning and everything is better” type of slumps.
This is a real life career plateau, and you can be stuck in this plateau for months. How do you overcome this slump and find your passion again?
If you’re experiencing uncertainty and are a little worried about what the future holds, I’m here to help! I’ve been where you are (and sometimes still go through these phases).
Join me in taking that first step to find that career passion again. Here’s how to be productive and get motivated again!
Do something you’ve never done before
If you want different results, you’re going to have to do something new to get them. It sound simple, but this involves moving outside your comfort zone. If you’re anything like me, sitting in your comfort zone is probably what brought on this funk in the first place.
Now is the time to do something different, something you’ve never done before. Maybe it’s time to start working with a coach, or finally go through that course you’ve been putting.
Or maybe you just need a break! Get away for the weekend, read a book that will rock your world (I recommend one of these) and just have fun again.
Exercise your way to inspiration
It’s been proven that you can exercise your way to a higher income. People who work out consistently, earn more money and are more productive then people who don’t.
Regular exercise can yield a 6–9% increase in earnings and wage income.
I admit that since I’ve been self-employed I’ve been slacking in the workout area. I tend to focus more on my business endeavors than my health. I know this is a major contributing factor to why I haven’t been motivated or inspired lately.
But that’s all changing now! Since last summer I’ve been working with a health coach to get back on track with my weight and eating habits. In fact, earlier this year I started my 30-day breakfast challenge!
This change in eating, alongside creating a workout regime will lead to having more energy and produces more endorphins. And both of which these will give you the extra boost you need to get past your career slump.
Make time for creativity and play
Not only is working out important for lifting your spirits, so is making time for creativity. We all have a little artist inside of us just waiting to get out. Even if you’re not a very good at painting or sketching, give it a try!
In another life I would have been an artist/writer who lived off grid and probably ate freegan food. But the other side of me is analytical and too logical for my own good.
So I take time to participate in fun creativity challenges to help get me through dark days. Give it a try yourself!
- Join the Daily Drawing Challenge (I’ve done this twice!)
- Try the Better Lettering Course for $20 (this is hard but really fun!)
- Do some Creative Doodling (there are no rules!)
Connect with someone who inspires you
I want to be one of those women who are kicking butt in the career world, who have inspiring blogs, books and programs that help other people pursue their dreams. I used to think of myself as someone who could be like that, but I’ve lost the confidence in myself and my skills.
So in an effort to get it back, over the past few weeks I’ve connected with some men and women who inspire me. Find someone who motivates you through their work, their dreams and their lifestyle.
Many of these individuals have been in situations like mine, so they can understand what I’m going through and offer valuable tips about getting through this funk.
This is why it’s vital to find someone who inspires you, someone who will listen and mentor you through your struggles and successes.
You don’t have to go out and meet someone new, you probably already have that friend or sister or coach who can give you the “tough love” you need. Maybe you have a good relationship with your boss, like I do, and can approach them about your career frustrations.
Trust me, anyone who runs any type of business has experienced many slumps, valleys and low points. So turn to them for help!
Get out of YOU and get into others
When all else fails and you’re still sad and frustrated, it’s time to quit working on your business and start working on someone else’s. Yes, that’s what I said!
Nothing will make you spiral down faster than obsessing over yourself, your work and your business.
Remember, your business is not all about you! But you can get you out of this plateau faster. How? By spending your time and energy selflessly helping other people succeed.
Reach out to other freelancers and connect with a friend or family member. Ask what you can do to help. How can collaborate on a new project? Offer your skills and expertise for free.
In other words, spend time making their business a success and you’ll find joy in your work again! Here are some of my favorite Facebook groups that will help you find career passion again.
- One Woman Shop from Cristina & Sara
- Savvy Business Owners from Heather Crabtree
- Blog + Biz BFFs from Melyssa Griffin
- Local Freelancers Union SPARK event groups
- Local Tuesdays Together groups from Rising Tide Society
- Bright Bloggers + Business from Allison Lindstrom & Kristin Larsen
- The Write Life Community from Alexis Grant & team
- The Freelancer’s Club from Careful Cents (duh!)
Find career passion again
In an effort to take my own advice, I’m spending more of my time connecting and collaborating with other entrepreneurs who are changing the world.
I already work with some amazing people brands, but even with all those awesome projects, I want to do more.
I’ve already learned a lot about the blogging world, and now it’s time for me to keep moving forward — to make some new connections and to keep reaching higher!
This is just part of the growing pains in life. Some people will grow up and move on, other people will have more or less success and you have to know how to handle each relationship in the stage of life that you’re in.
If you’re not careful, you could get stuck in a rut for a long time — if you don’t keep adding new people and new experiences to your life.
Are you experiencing a career slump? What’s one thing you’re doing to find career passion again?