Sooo. You’ve got this project / concept / initiative / backburner notion / wispy dream / thing-a-ma-jig. You know the one.
It’s been chug-a-lugging along for a while. It’s not great. It’s not broken. It’s just … meh.
Just between friends? You’re kinda over it. Screw that. You’re totally over it.
But some part of your Jiminy Cricket conscience still wants you to push forward & finish the job.
Maybe you made a promise to someone who matters — a client, a friend, your partner, yourself.
Maybe it’s a matter of artistic integrity.
Maybe it’s simply a matter of pride.
Whatever the score — you need to get GALVANIZED, EXHILARATED & JAZZED (again).
And get the job DONE.
I’ve been there. (To be perfectly honest, I’m there right now — with a particular wee-book I promised to launch, this, er, summer-ish.) I’ve tried power-naps, chocolate-covered peanuts, rowdy techno music, and all manner of (legal, coffee-related) stimulants.
I’ve learned that the best way to revive sagging enthusiasm is to CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE & REFRAME YOUR OBJECTIVE. No big revelation, I know. Just one of those critical lessons we get to learn & re-learn, in a myriad amusing permutations.
In the spirit of rapid revitalization & sweet, sweet completion, I give you …
7 ways to get PUMPED about your work (again) — when you’re REALLY not feelin’ it.
1. Go for zen simplicity. Burn-out is often a symptom of over-complication. So: what would your unfinished project look like, if you pared it down to the absolute essence? No bells. No whistles.
No ‘bonuses’. Maybe you can get away with less. Maybe less is golden. Maybe … you’re already DONE.
2. Go for ultimate, over-the-top pageantry. When’s the last time you threw yourself an honest-to-goodness PARTY, to celebrate your work? Give yourself some credit. Pop a bottle of champagne.
A little sensual revelry is good for morale.
3. Go beyond the horizon. Alexander Graham Bell once solemnly declared, “I can see the time … when every city will have a telephone.” (Adorable!) Maybe you’re underestimating the influence of your work. Maybe it’s time to blast your vision beyond the conceivable horizon. Go NUTS.
4. Up the ante. Raise your prices. Set a bewildering revenue goal. Weave a philanthropic challenge into your business model. Throw a fundraiser. Money makes things very interesting, very quickly.
5. Create a Mantra of Completion. Try: “I love my work. I love the choices I’ve made. I’m devoted to completion. This work is vital, timely & useful.”
6. Make a shocking 11th hour move. Change the format. Change the title. Change the audience. “Guess what, folks? It’s not a documentary film about the London neo-vaudeville scene. It’s a video-performance art piece & it debuts next FRIDAY!”
7. Retire something. Kill a non-vital project. Kill ALL your unfinished projects. Just (don’t) do it.
It’s OK. The world will continue to orbit. (And you’ll be so much cheerier.)
And now, a brief word from our sponSOAR . . .
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