I am sometimes known as a shaken soda can.
I am not filled with gas (I know what you’re thinking). I am talking about my motivation and enthusiasm for things.
When you open of a shaken can of soda, it sprays out in full force. Then the bicarbonate slowly fizzes out until you’re just left with stagnant soda. My motivation is sometimes (unfortunately) just like this. I start a project with complete and utter enthusiasm - like a freshly opened, shaken can of soda - but over time it fizzes away until I am left with stagnation.
Perhaps it is a lack of inspiration that stops me from continuing the project. Or maybe I wasn’t that passionate about it in the first place.
Both of these statements are incorrect.
When I am motivated to do something, I do it.
But you see, the hardest thing about being motivated is staying motivated.
Finding ways to be motivated is easy. Keeping that gusto isn’t. Unfortunately, we don’t consider it to be important, even though we should.
I am speaking for myself when I say that making sure the energy, vision, and passion do not dissolve is hard.
Does it happen to you too?
The last few months have taught me that it’s easy to find new projects. It’s easy to work on them and get excited when you tell your friends about all these cool new things you have going on. But the truth is, it takes a lot of work to make sure that you maintain a certain amount of zeal until you get the job done.
It’s like starting on something with a lot of heart, and letting all that work fade away because you… lost sight. This makes the project suffer because when you started it, you were performing at your best. When you continue it with less focus, it totally reflects in your work.
I wouldn’t say you got bored, or lost your passion for the project. For a little while, you just lost sight of what it means. Something clouded your vision, and you need to find ways to snap out of it and get back to work.
There may be times when you forget why you’re doing all of this in the first place. And that’s ohkay. If you lose your way, the right things in life will steer you back. Just make sure you don’t lose sight of it too often because then it would mean you weren’t interested enough to stay on course.
So where does that leave you?
Well, if you find it hard to stay motivated, maybe you can list out the reasons why.
Does the project or goal not matter to you? Or are you just being lazy?
Is there a recurring event that stops you from staying motivated? Something negative? Then it’s time you weed it out.
Make a list of things you would rather do than complete your goal. Then make a list of the reasons why and think about it with a settled mind. Is this pure procrastination, disinterest or a genuine lack of creativity? If it’s the latter, then you need to reevaluate and refocus. Taking small, easy breaks may be of some help.
Also, don’t forget to talk to someone about it. If you aren’t feeling very expressive, write about it. Constantly remind yourself of the end result that you want to achieve. People say that publicly declaring a goal will make you work harder to fulfill it because then you would also be working towards saving yourself from embarrassment. Personally? I’m not too big on that idea. You shouldn’t do something just to prove a point to someone else.
Maybe you can try not sharing it, but openly declaring to the universe that this is what you want to achieve. You can then chart out methods of getting it done. Maybe something like a vision board.
I have often been told that you should give your 100% while doing something, or you shouldn’t be doing it at all.
But we are all human, and it’s perfectly fine to drift away from the bigger picture sometimes. If it happens too often, however, the inconsistency of it may just harm you with nagging feelings of guilt and restlessness. You set yourself a goal – why aren’t you working towards it? Huh? Huh?
Sometimes I get this zoned out feeling in my head while I’m scrolling through my social media feed. I’m killing my free time without doing anything productive or anything that makes me feel like I have taken a step closer to my goal. It drives me crazy. And then if I don’t get off my behind and go make something happen, I feel guilty about it afterwards. That’s what makes me end up getting things done!
So you – yes you – the one reading this. What are you waiting for?
Your goals await you!
Wishing you would listen to me and get moving already, why are you still here?