Maybe you're working 9-5 in a cubicle surrounded by boring people every day, typing nonsense into a computer. Maybe you're trying to decide your major and none of your classes are calling out to you. Maybe you're a waitress or bartender slaving nights away and coming home too exhausted to wake up for your acting class in the morning. Maybe you've forgotten what you wanted your career path to look like, or maybe you've never known. Maybe you feel like a "sell out" for working a job that takes up all of your time so that you can't create anymore. Maybe you don't know what you want to create anymore and the blank pages and blank canvases are glaring back at you. We've all been there: feeling numb in the whirlwind of life and not exactly sure what we're supposed to do anymore. When you've lost passion for your dreams and goals in life, it can be hard to get yourself going again. Maybe you don't know where to begin; maybe you're scared of failing and losing faith in your goals altogether. 

So what should you do when you've lost sight of your passion?

1. Start small. Maybe your dream is to be a stand-up comedian with your own comedy special. Focusing on your overall dream can be a daunting task at first. Instead, create small achievable goals for yourself. Write a 20 minute set or host an open mic. If you want to be a Bestselling author, you must first publish a book and to do that you will need to write a book. You should set your goal to finish writing one chapter of your book at a time. By breaking things down and setting small goals, you create progress towards your overall dream and you will feel like you're accomplishing things instead of having a sense of failure when you're overwhelmed by the size of your goals. 

2. Take time to do things that you like. People are always busy working, checking Facebook, and running to appointments. We say that we're tired and end up bing-watching Netflix. Nothing is wrong with that. Just don't let it make you numb. Make an effort to do things that you love to rejuvenate your spirit. Take a walk outside. Paint. Read your favorite book. Take a yoga or dance class. Take time out of your schedule to do something that you haven't done in a while, or do something you've never done before, to make you passionate about all life has to offer again. 

3. Give something up for a week. My high school Sunday school teacher challenged us to give something up for a week that distracted us, or just wasn't good for us in general. One girl changed the type of music that she listened to so that she would be in a happier mood. Give up makeup, TV, alcohol, sodas, social media, or something else that you know doesn't have a positive impact on you. It will be hard at first, but see how giving something toxic up changes your mood or your overall outlook on life. 

4. Remember that you're not alone. Don't beat yourself up and feel like a failure if you haven't accomplished your goals by the time you reach a certain age. It is never to late. One of my favorite things to do when I'm down is to look up what artists/celebrities were doing before they became successful. My favorite is Stephen King. The bestselling horror novelist worked as a high school janitor when he came up with the idea for Carrie and he wrote the book during his shift at his second job, a laundry. If he didn't have that experience as a janitor, he would have never come up with the idea for the book. If you're not where you want to be now, don't worry. These experiences may be leading you to greatness without you realizing it. 

 

Published by Kristina Kelly