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Maintaining motivation

Maintaining motivation

Maintaining motivation is one of the hardest things for me to do. It’s easy to have an idea, get all excited about it, and get started, but finishing up a project? Not so much. Especially when there are lots of projects to choose from. If your house or files are littered with partially finished projects, you may be in need of a way to maintain motivation.

There’s a quote from Zig Ziglar that goes, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” I think that maybe that’s the key — there’s no reason to expect motivation to last. Instead, we’ve got to work on becoming freshly motivated every day.

Some of the ways I used to get motivated are:

  • Reading helpful books and articles (including blogs)
  • Listening to podcasts
  • Talking with people with similar interests and goals
  • Measuring my progress at regular check-in points
  • Listening to upbeat music
  • Small rewards

Finally, it helps to recognize that sometimes you don’t have to be motivated — you just have to do it anyway. In other words, sometimes the motivation comes from the doing itself; from pressing on regardless of how unmotivated I feel. So I want to go to sleep? I just need to do this one thing first, and then I can.

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After all, nothing motivates quite like seeing progress toward a goal.

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  • I feel you Blunt… After an idea gets “stale” for me it’s nearly impossible to get myself pumped up enough to follow through. I tell myself to “just get it done,” and that sometimes works. But for creative stuff like writing, sometimes that isn’t enough.

    Unfortunately.

  • I very much have to “just do it” and that often gets me through times of not having motivation at all.

    But agree too that you need to continually bring in freshness each day.

  • I like the ZZ quote that you have mentioned. Really sinks the point home, doesn’t it.

    As for me, I tell myself that if I keep following the system that I have set up, I
    should succeed. And that keeps me plodding on.

    The other point that you made, talking to people who share the same interests and goals is
    another very valid one.

    Cheers

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