A couple of friends and I are working on a new project and I am literally on fire. I can not wait to get it off the ground. I am psyched about the potential for success. I am awakened with ideas and go to sleep thinking of more. Which led to me to thinking about something. When are we operating at our very best? My answer? When we are on fire for something.
Think about it. A lot of times the best times in a relationship are in the early stages. Both parties are filled with the promise of what the relationship has to offer. They work very hard to put forth their best foot. They place that person and their needs above many others- sometimes even themselves.
When we start a new job we are on fire with passion. We put forth our best effort. We desire to impress all of those with whom we work. We want our managers to feel pleased about their decision to hire us and we want to make them look good. When we start our own business we are really churning on all cylinders. We are willing to put in whatever amount of time and energy is required to make our venture a success. After all, this is OUR thing and we wish to prove that there is no one better to bet on than ourselves.
So what happens? How do we lose the passion that we have initially? I propose that we let the fire go out. While it is true that it is difficult to keep a fire stoked at the same level indefinitely, we have to continuously search for new kindle to keep it going.
Within a relationship, the kindle may be a new hobby for the two of you to embark on together, a trip you are planning, exercising together or any number of things. The point is you have to find something that makes you feel the initial spark you once felt. It can be done and with sustained effort is not that difficult.
In the workplace, suggest a new method, process or project. More than likely you will be asked to lead that initiative which should successfully relight your fire for a few. With your own business, it is easy to become bogged down and discouraged especially if things are not going quite as planned. This new venture/project has been very enlightening for me. Not only am I super- excited about the new project but have seen ways to incorporate it into the A Cup of Cheer brand as well. Thus one pilot has lit the flame on two separate eyes.
These are my thoughts. You may have other suggestions and I encourage you to leave them. I, and others, would love to read them. Most importantly, I encourage you feel the fire. Life is glorious when we are doing what makes us happy and being rewarded in the process.