You fall in lust. It’s all a thrill. You see no flaws when you’re in lust. You foresee no hiccups. Then, with the passing of time, imperfections surface. This lust no longer consumes every moment as it once did.
I’m not referring to the lust for your significant other.
I’m referring to the lust for your work.
Just as there is that “heart-pounding, always-thinking-about-you” newness when you fall in lust with someone, there is the same feeling when you discover what you lust to do. You’re obsessed with new ideas. You remain awake late into the night dreaming of the possibilities.
But that all-consuming lust fades. What you do becomes monotonous. Your eyes wander. Your heart is distracted. This is when some quit, off in search of that “new” feeling again.
Now is the time to delve further to renew your lust for your work. Plunge into the minutiae. Perhaps you’ll uncover an area you never explored. Venture into something that doesn’t seem related to your work: take a class; visit a museum; or take a weekend-trip. Maybe you’ll realize that a not-so-obvious partnership provides you new perspective on your work.
However you’re able to revive that lust for your work, find a way.