Don't you love when you start something new and everyday you can't wait to get started. I think that happens often. We tell everyone around us what we are doing now, we share it, promote it, and love it! After a while that newness starts to wear off. This is common in any area of life. New job, first day of school, and unfortunately, new business ventures. If things don't go the way we plan, it can become less exciting. We can become burnt out when we start facing obstacles that we were not planning for. Once we get burnt out, it is hard to relight the flame. We need to find ways to not get burnt out and keep some excitement in what we are doing. Here are a few ways to prevent that from happening.
- Understand and accept the main reason you started in the first place. If you started with great cause, it should be easy to keep pressing forward. Everything you start needs to have a purpose at mind. When you have a cause, you can usually find the motivation to keep going.
- Force yourself to take periodic breaks. There is a reason that God created a Sabbath. It was created for us to make sure we are finding time to rest and spend quality time with God. We can get driven into the mindset of hustle, hustle, hustle, 7 days a week, but that is actually an ungodly way to live your life.
- Set new short term goals in your business and set yourself up for some small wins. When you set short term goals, you can see the finish line much better and you will probably stay more motivated in reaching that finish line. If we don't set up theses goals then we may start feeling like we are on a hamster wheel just going round and round. Even dietician tell those trying to loose weight that it is okay to celebrate weight loss with a small treat. We need to treat out business life in the same way.
These are just three things, amongst many, that you can do to stay motivated and not get burnt out. This can be applied to business and ministry work. You shouldn't be getting burnt out in anything that you have a passion for. I pray that you can keep your fire going.