“You don't need to follow your passions. You need to carry them with you.” Mike Rowe, TEDTalks “Learning from dirty jobs”
Maybe you are staring at another hopelessly full inbox, or a barrage of employee/customer complaints, or a big stack of unpaid bills. Or maybe you are just staring out the window at yet another cold, gray winter day.
Here are a few techniques to help you stay positive and passionate:
1. Dream or Inspiration Wall: Somewhere near your daily workspace, consider creating an inspiration wall of your goals, accomplishments and company vision. Dream Walls can keep you inspired and focused on what is truly important.
2. Gratitude Journal: Research in psychology suggests that the simple act of “counting our blessings” can help with improved sleep, better health, and greater happiness. Simply work in a practice (preferably a few times per week) or writing down 1-5 things that you have experienced over the past week for which you are grateful. Be personal and specific. Even events that initially may seem negative (like an irate customer) may turn out to be the source of an important change or shift.
3. Pump up music: Create a play list of sings that get you fired up. Start each day listening to your music before tackling the day’s priorities.
4. Inspiration feeds: Select a few people, blogs or sites that consistently keep you energized and subscribe to their feeds or newsletters. (My latest find in the new Startup podcast series – it is awesome!)
5. Exercise to keep up your physical energy: Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert exercises at points in the day when he know his physical energy is low and needs a boost. Another effective technique is to take quick 5-minute breaks every hour for deep breathing or quick strength exercises.
6. Smile: Even if you do not feel it, smiling will create a positive energy.
How do you carry your passions with you? Share in the Comments section below.