It's frustrating, you know deep down, you're capable of so much more. You have this flaming potential inside you, eating at your insides, desperate to get out, yet for some inexplicable reason, you just simply can't figure out how to get it out.
There is no simple solution to revitalizing your passion and finding regaining your motivation, but there are four things you can do right now that will put you on the track to doing just that.
Find a burning question, and chase it. Is there something you need to know? Have something that always interested you but just never got around to figure out how it works? Endulge your curiousity, look into why the short hand on a clock is the hour hand, find out why it feels better to jump or flail when in pain.
Pusuing your curiousity will definitely reboot your brain, giving it the much needed exercise to pull it out of its stagnant numbness.
As Albert Einstein put it:
The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.
Find something that truly fascinates you. Whether it’s a certain topic, field, or idea, it’s always healthy to have a deep and profound fascination with something. It may have begun in your childhood, but fascination sparks can appear when you go through new experiences or ideas in any situation.
When you always have something to come back to, no period of unhappiness or general lack of enthusiasm can stay long lasting.
Athletes call it "being in the zone", and it often occures in flashes of deep immersion in a certain task at hand. And that is exactly the keyword: immersion. This is particularly easy to feel when you're doing something you enjoy. And even though it may sound cheesy, the best way to excel at something is by doing something you love. Totally commit to the task at hand, be it paid or unpaid, you will definitely feel a form of satisfaction that is not only unfleeting, but will carry a different, deep sense of happiness along with it.
We are social creatures; we thrive in groups. You'll find that one of the most powerful surges of motivation arises by knowing you made a difference in other people's lives. It's not just you, everyone goes through their own insomiac periods.
One of my favorite words in the English language is 'sonder', and the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows has a brilliant definition for it:
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
Coming to that realization will deinitely power up your enthusiasm to putting yourself out there, interacting with others, familiarize yourself with their lives and problems, perhaps you have a solution to their problems.
By doing so, you may find the answer you yourself are looking for, it may just be just the spark you need to reinvigorate your passion.