“Follow your passion” might be the most common career guidance, but how much more does it weigh?
What happens when you doing the job you love or one of your hobbies and then boredom creeps in?
Someone has once asked whether it is possible to slightly detest the work you are passionate about! Maybe i should ask you a question on the same subject but just from a different angle— Think of your best food, what if you were given it for an entire month or just a week. Would you dislike it? Would you wish for a different kind of food? Would you imagine what it would be like if chance granted you another kind of food or you wouldn’t?
A passion for something may continue to burn but as long as something you love to do becomes routine, then along that path, it may leave a void of emptiness, a small space we may ignore but overtime may cause our passion to waver. Some of the best writers i know have complained of a writer’s block or non-writing spell that has lasted more than they hoped it would.
In a culture that tells people to transform their passions into lucrative careers, many are thinking about the end and not the means. Many have placed the end as their beginning only to reach the end and realize they never started. They took adult steps in their infant stages.
So what do you do if you find out your passion is wearing thin?
Adopt a new routine.
Usually one of the reasons people start to feel a nudging distance and disinterest from their jobs, usually the waves of routine have made their big feet visible.
*Imagine if you have to wake up an hour earlier because 6:30am has to find you enroute to work lest the inevitable hands of jam keep you chained and you keep doing this for a year, by the time the next year clocks, it has become just another job that you show-up at because you want your boss to see your name checked into the attendance book or because you need the salary otherwise the bills shall pile up higher than your laundry basket.
Practice a craftsman mindset
Stop asking yourself whether the decision you made to follow your passion is right or not. If you decided to drop all else for it, it can never be wrong. Now start to change your mindset and that comes with attitude.~~ A craftsman’s mindset acknowledges that no matter what field I am in, success is always about quality and it is my quality. Once you’re focused on the quality of the work you’re doing rather than whether or not it’s right for you, you won’t hesitate to do what is necessary to improve it.
Practice the pause
I saw this as a message on one of the Whats-app groups I am member. To practice the pause requires that when everything is a whirlwind, pause–suck in your breath. When your books aren’t balancing as they should, before you close shop, Pause! Before you break a heart because rumors allege he is cheating, Pause! The pause helps us evacuate irrationality.
Take a trip/Va-cay off your work
Not only do i recommend this, but it is mind relaxing to see something else other than what your eyes are accustomed to. I like to take walks to different places for relaxing’s sake and 2 weeks back, i took a walk through Butabika(no laptop, nothing work related), just a book to jot down a few descriptions and my phone –for scene photography. And i have never felt any freedom, any healing. This calm place calmed my deepest tempests and we all need this very often because meditation and reflection are set more in pace within calm quiet places.
Learn a new skill
Many of these offices have WiFi, don’t watch the movies from back to back. Learn a language, learn a cooking method, listen to these podcasts( surprisingly there are many brilliant people across the globe and YouTube has freely offered to bring them closer to us. Learning something new doesn’t only increase dopamine in your body but also gives you leverage. There is no way you are going to detest your job if each day presents a learning opportunity.
Involve people in what you do/Have a social life.
Lately, all we have is relationships with our gadgets. It isn’t bad but research has proven, we unintentionally become loners. Your passion is probably running thin because you have no physical relationships with people that are going to encourage you o be the best version of you. Behavior is learned, yes that is why many people on these social media platforms have pictures with standing poses of legs as if crippled, the dub and all and yet to behave, to build a better brand of you, to detach oneself from boredom is by relating with actual people–You are single and still you don’t want to mingle, you. About time you had a social life.
Whom or what you set out to love was never a wrong choice. A marriage loses its sparks when both partners stop dancing the tango. Equally, your passion dies if it is not fed. A guitarist will not learn two keys and expect to beat Charmant Mushanga at a jazz maestro.
Have a rage to never give up on your passion let alone say it has gotten boring. If it has, then you let it!! Follow your passions.. Keep them lighting.. It is never wrong!
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