Things like using a new knife, running specials with new product, pretty new waitstaff, fun events etc... keep me going.
Come back in twenty years and talk to me.
Dont look forward to days off, look forward to pieces of time to yourself. When I'm feeling burnt out I watch the Marco / Harveys videos on you tube. Have goals, if you reach those goals then you were a pussy by not having larger goals... It's all about goals and perspectives--don't go stale.
Music--Food .:':. Dancing--Eating
love of knives helps a lot. keeps the focus centered around what you are there to do.
also, keep in mind that most of us choose to do this. we enjoy the long days, bad hours, and hectic conditions. i for one would not know what to do with myself if i had to sit down for a 1/2 hour break in the middle of my day. i think it would make me feel lazy and i would get bored and i would lose my flow.
It's like my ol' grandpappy used to say; "The less one makes declarative statements, the less apt he is to look a fool in retrospect"