Do you remember that restaurant that used to be good but had to close as your kids were saying their school dinners were better?
Or what about the band you loved who produced your favourite hits but now sound like an East German experimental act?
Why do good things fade?
Often it’s because they lose heart.
The chef who was happy to work 18 hours a day to establish her restaurant now finds it a drag.
The band who lived in a transit van, played gig after gig and pooled their savings for studio time, now have a record label demanding a pay back.
There’s an old saying about finding a job doing something you love and you’ll never have have to ‘work’ again.
That’s only true if you stay in love with your job.
And like any relationship sometimes it needs to be rekindled and the fires stoked.
Here are three things you can do to stay in love with, or fall in love with your passion.
1) Remember your ‘why’. Who benefits? Think about your customer – what do you do for them and how can you make their life better?
2) Find the best in your business and hang out with them for a bit. I bet the chef would feel re-ignited if she spent some time with the superstars of her industry.
3) It may be time to move on and fall in love with something else. You’re at work for a third of your life. If you don’t love it, don’t do it.
If you’re reading this at work and you love it, can’t believe you’re getting paid to do what you do and feel super excited about your future that’s brilliant.
If not, why not? And what will you do to get your spark back?
PS I was on the Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio 2 this week. You can listen to an edited version here