From Passion To Pushing
You know how starting something new seems to give you an extra amount of energy to pull from? At the beginning of a new project, the idea of something fresh & exciting will invigorate you and spur you to quick, productive and enthusiastic action. At the beginning of most things, whether writing your book or organizing your work space, you’re hot off the starting block. The passion you have for the work, or for the finished product & results it will produce, motivate you to give it your all. Often non-stop at full speed. Whether it’s burn out from the hot start, or having underestimated the stamina needed to maintain a lengthy project . . . that hot start fizzles out, and cools down eventually.
Effective work at any level requires knowledge of how to combat this. Leadership especially. So how do you lead - yourself or a team - when your passion isn’t burning quite as brightly as when you started? Here are some tips below:
Plan Ahead: When you start something new and have energy to spare, stop to plan out the entire project as an outline before you jump straight into the work. This way, even if you find yourself struggling to find motivation in the middle of the process, having clarity about what you need to do will mean less push back when it’s actually time to do it.
Prime Accountability: Build accountability into the process. In this modern, fast moving world - where most of us wear many hats - help is not a luxury. When you are doing your initial planning in the step above, assign tasks to team members AND include who will be responsible for making sure the process is being moved along. This will help ensure there is no confusion or stalls.
Pick Action: When it’s tough to find some energy for moving a project along . . . pick one next step to focus on and complete. Instead of being potentially overwhelmed by the scope of a project when you’ve lost some zeal for it, think in a more linear way and pick the next best thing to do.
These steps will help you keep moving no matter if you are at the beginning of a passion project OR needing to push through the muck in the middle.