The mantra of entrepreneurship is to find something that you love to do and create a profession out of it. This is the basis of the Outlier Series and what fuels author Dr. John Shufeldt’s endeavors. However, sometimes a passion that was once ignited inside dwindles you no longer love your job or running your business and are unsure why. Maybe this is a situation that you can relate to. Have you ever have a hobby that you loved and as soon as you stepped out and tried to make it into a profession it became a daunting monotonous task?
The mind is a powerful tool and you would be surprised how much control you have when setting your mind to something. Before giving up on your dreams, try to remind yourself what it was that you loved during every step of each endeavor. As author John Shufeldt would say “ I’ve never worked a day in my life, when you love what you do nothing really feels like work.”
That’s not to say that you should become stagnant in a career path that is absolutely not right for you. Your life is in your hands and you alone have the power to alter your own stars. If you ever feel like you are stuck in a position, an endeavor, or career, you’re not. Life is short, and if you don’t love your job and it’s not fun to you, don’t do it. It’s really just that simple. But before you decide to abandon ship on a task, dream, or job position try these tips toward making a job or a task that you hate into something you enjoy:
- Turn something you HAVE to do into something you WANT to do: The human mind is a significantly powerful organ. Keep positive and squash negative thoughts. Try to monitor your stream of conscience and use the power of self-talk! Once your mind is in the right state, try some of these tricks to make a dull task interesting.
- Get it started: Something as simple as starting is a big motivator! Know yourself and your urges to quit and be prepared for them. When you feel negative thoughts or emotions coming along just squash them and replace it with something positive.
- Make it a game: Motivate yourself by making a boring task more challenging or goal oriented. Start by giving yourself a time frame to complete it. This will motivate you get competitive with previous completion times and in the long-run increase productivity. Take basketball as an example, there is nothing particularly fun about running around and throwing a ball into two nets, but when you inject rules and goals into the mix you create the motivation to be a part of a winning team.
- Collaborate or compete: Would teamwork increase motivation? Is there a way to find somebody that you might be able to compete or “play” with? When a task is made into a game it ultimately becomes more enjoyable. Find everyday inspiration by looking at somebody who has done what you are doing and done it well. They are your opponents and this is a game.
- Avoid Procrastination: Research shows that procrastination invokes negative feelings that interfere with task performance, planning and implementation results in positive feelings that actually assist in task performance. Try it out, instead of putting that work assignment off until last minute make a plan and tackle it beforehand.
For more tips on success, read Ingredients of Outliers: Achieving Your Most Amazing Future.