Stepping Back to Move Forward
'To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean,” says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up.” Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.'
Being persistent doesn't mean you can't pause and take a step back from what you are doing. It's easy to lose sight of what you originally wanted to achieve when you are so close to your passion every day. Continually learning your craft is also extremely important, no matter what industry you work in.
Do you ever feel like you have lost motivation for your work, or feel like it’s a struggle to get going?
Stepping back and taking a break could be the answer, and here’s why...
When you step back, it doesn’t mean taking a holiday from your work. It means pausing and evaluating, taking a good look at the bigger picture. Ask yourself why you started in this industry to begin with and what you want to achieve long-term. Is there anything you want to learn more about or skills you would like to strengthen? Setting goals and plans for yourself can renew your enthusiasm and motivation.
Journaling is a good way of doing this. Try sitting down with a pen and some paper, and ask yourself the following questions:
What is my Why? What was the reason I started on this path?
What do I love about my work?
What do I not enjoy about my work? How can I make this more enjoyable?
How can I upgrade my knowledge and skills?
Where do I want to be 12 months from now, and what do I have to do to get there?
The result of all this soul-searching, research and planning is a new, more focused plan for you and your work/life. It can give you that fire-in-the-belly feeling for your work again and completely recharge your motivation.
Sometimes, taking a step back from your passion is important to enable you to move forward. Pausing to re-charge is not quitting, it's being smart.