You have a fabulous new idea that is going to change the world! You’re so excited you feel like nothing can stop you! Congratulations, you have one of the most important ingredients for success- PASSION!
It is this passion that will keep you going when others have their doubts, when life gets in the way, and when you have to “sell” your idea to those who will benefit from it. But what if you find yourself in a situation where a huge blow knocks the passion right out of you? Or a few small setbacks gradually wear you down? Or your fear gets the best of you and you don’t know how to move forward? Suddenly, you find yourself behind a brick wall. How do you find a way to keep going, even when your mind is telling you to quit, go back to bed, and keep to yourself rather than share your passion with others?
We have all been in this situation at one point or another, and I have several tips on how to reignite that “spark” that makes YOU the best at what you offer.
1) TURN TO YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM. It is important to keep up your relationships with others, even while fully committing yourself to your idea. Devote at least one night a week to a social activity that is not work related, and have various types of “enthusiastic supporters,” including family members, friends, coaches, significant others, and professional contacts. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
2) NURTURE YOUR BODY. Take care of yourself- be sure to get at least seven hours of sleep, exercise regularly, and eat a well-balanced diet. The most important thing is to be CONSISTENT. For example, I find it more beneficial to exercise every day for half an hour than to exercise only twice a week for a few hours each.
3) NURTURE YOUR SOUL. Do the things you love to do. The two things that always boost my mood are singing and spending time in natural surroundings. Volunteering is another great way to build relationships and help others while helping yourself at the same time. Regular meditation can also work wonders for the spirit.
4) TAKE ACTION! As we teach in iDEA BOOT CAMP, we become by doing. While taking action can be scary, especially when you may not be feeling up to it, once a decision is made, you will feel a sense of relief and newly found devotion to your idea. Even small action steps go a long way toward rebuilding confidence and committing to success.
Ups and downs are an unavoidable part of life, but we CHOOSE how we react to them. I recently watched the last lecture of Randy Pausch, a computer science professor who received a terminal cancer diagnosis in August 2007. One of his consistent themes was, “Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things.” When your brick wall appears, embrace it as an opportunity to summon up your inner strength and prevail. Turn to your support system, nurture your body, nurture your soul, and TAKE ACTION! When you look back, what once appeared as a brick wall may turn out to be the most pivotal moment of your life.
This blog post is written by Jessica Pearl, iDEA Coach