Cindy Novotny

How Do You Keep the Flame Burning?


I am constantly asked how I keep the fire burning inside of me.  Over time, some people seem to lose their edge, sizzle and motivation to persevere through the tough times, but I have a ‘fire in the belly’ like no other.  I love what I do and it shows, though I meet people who say they too love what they do but seem to fade out the longer they do it.


There are several answers to this question but most importantly, you need to take a trip down memory lane.  Ask yourself why you got into the business you are in and why you have stayed in that industry for so long.  If it was a personal passion for something, did that ‘something’ go away?  Was it for money?  If so, are you not making the amount of money you think you should, or working too hard for it?

These questions should make you think about where you are in life and how to keep the fire burning.  Everyone has to have a reason to get up in the morning and if you don’t know what that reason is, you need to figure out something new to do in your life.

I am a firm believer in feedback – I truly believe it is the ‘breakfast of champions’ and it makes us better every time we get it.  But some people would rather believe their own PR and do not seek out feedback or advice.  I am fortunate that my job requires constant feedback.  As a trainer, speaker and leader I am rated every day on a scale from 1 to 5.  If I receive a 1, it means I have a lot of work to do but a 5 means I hit the mark.  This feedback gives me a stomach ache from time to time and continues to kick me in the butt which makes me better every day.  

Remember: an amateur practices until they get it right. A professional practices until they NEVER get it wrong.  This is what keeps my fire burning.  

What will it take to re-ignite your fire?