I’ve been where you are. I know what it’s like to be stuck in a rut with your passion and purpose. When I began my business, I had no idea what I was doing. I knew I loved to write and help people. However, figuring out what to do with that information seemed insurmountable. There were options in all different directions. Each book, blog post, webinar, and podcast that I reviewed gave me a new way of tackling my craft. The whole online world was foreign to me and intimidating.
As a result, I felt inferior and ended up going about it all wrong. I cold messaged people. I begged for sales. I even pleaded for people to work with me for free. Then, I sat around wondering why it didn’t work. I was frustrated and stuck.
Instead of giving up, I continued to search and refine what I was doing. I ended up being referred to a virtual assistant Facebook group. I instantly knew I didn’t want to be a VA. I’m not at all technical. It was definitely not love at first site. I still didn’t give up. While I was on that site, I ran a crossed a webinar about a freelance website and immediately started writing for other people.
It was refreshing to get away from my passion project that I was botching and write about stuff that meant nothing to me. I wrote about herbs, electricity, bicycling, and all kinds of other topics. Along the way, I learned some valuable online marketing strategies, how to write better blog posts, how often to post on blogs and Facebook, and how easy it was to fit into the online marketplace. This experience was exactly what I needed. I was getting perspective on what it takes to run an online business, learning to not come off like a total creeper, and tons of other valuable lessons. I also learned that I never wanted to write another blog post about computer security systems or for anyone else but myself.
If you’re stuck in a rut with your purpose or passion, it is understandable. It happens to all of us at one point or another. When you are in this place, it is time to decide if you want to continue your passion or head in another direction. Maybe, you need to look at your passion from a different direction. How could you look at your craft in a different way?
You don’t have to stay stuck. Keep moving forward. Take a side step. Turn in another direction. Learn something new. Reignite your spark.