Feeling motivated is one of my favourite feelings on earth. It gives me butterflies, makes me smile, makes me believe in things I can achieve that I usually wouldn’t have in mind. It makes working so easy and new ideas just flow. A-m-a-z-i-n-g.
After a few days, weeks or even months we usually lose that first high flying feeling of motivation. Tasks seem to feel more daunting, our work process gets slower, our mind starts to drift. People then start to ask: How can I maintain my motivation?
I’ve read several articles about this topic, watched videos and gathered opinions of friends and I have two things to tell you.
1) Making a conscious decision to commit is key
2) Find stimulation to keep your motivation
By stimulation I’m talking about all sorts of media about the topic you are losing motivation on. Visuals on Pinterest, Success Stories on YouTube, Books that help you dive back into “your” topic.
That all sounds easy to do, but does it really and ultimately lead to the motivation you’ve felt in first place? No.
Here’s the thing:
Motivation is what gets you started, discipline in what helps you keep doing the work, habit is what finally makes it feel natural – so you do not even need any crazy high flying feeling in order to achieve results.
Probably sounds disillusioning, but actually it’s great news!
Why?! Because once we manage to turn our motivation-driven tasks into easy-peasy habits, we most likely see great outcome within our project. And that again gives us a feeling of … guess what …. motivation!
I hope this post helps you in times where you tenaciously google how to maintain your motivation 😉 . At a certain point there is just no way to get around discipline. It will soon turn into a habit and that habit will add a sense of ease to your workflow. I’m currently experiencing this change and needed to share this with you!
Until next time,