Motivation Struggles and Strategies.

When a blogger is racking their brain on topics, it looks a bit like an overpass traffic jam on the highway or interstate. Things like Love that aches, in the last months I did a topic on What is Love. Where does recycling go and how to clean your appliances are some of the topics that bang around in my head. Sitting in my vehicle I thought  “What motivates us as humans?” Then I thought  “What is motivation?” So I went to Google, this is what a broad search showed me. “The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.” 

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How do we start

  1. Have a general desire or willingness.
  2. Set goals, small steps will get you somewhere.
  3. Don’t give up or lose sight of what you want.

One thing I was motivated to do is learn to play guitar. I have a membership to Great Courses. I’m trying to make a goal to do more lessons than I’m getting done. Staying motivated is not an easy task. I found a class on beginners guitars. The class is called Learning to Play Guitar: Chords, Scales and Solos. I told myself, I will start with just watching the class and not take out the guitar. I have watched one class. I’m really trying to be inspired to finish it. I’m not getting any alone time in the home, and I’m a bit self conscious about trying and having others hear me. I will need to work very hard on myself to get past my worries.

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I think a lot of us become stumped by self-images and fears. Past disappointments can change our heart’s abilities to stay motivated.

I often think  “what if someone dislikes something about it?” This mindset will not let us move forward.

Watching people in jobs or relations that are unhappy. Why.. We humans sometimes struggle with changes. Sometimes the cons don’t outweigh the pros. If there is a risk it puts a little red alert light in our thoughts. Sometimes even good changes still alert out brains. 

Motivation doesn’t always look smooth. Sometimes it is like clearing all the stones away from around the mountain just to climb it.

If you are feeling low or depressed, the struggle to stay motivated is much harder. You are worth it please keep trying. Ask a trusted person in your life to please ask you how you are doing with your motivation. Encouragement can help people feel less alone. Not always better.

You might need a short distraction as you recharge your motivation. Found a little game. Please if you are going to use a distraction, set a short 5 to 10 min timer and then regroup to the task at hand.

Being a blogger is not as easy as one who has not blogged might think. Somedays the thought of giving up writing my blog would be better. The self doubt that crawls out of it’s dark space pokes out like a whack a mole game. My worries are people might not be interested, maybe no one will benefit from my ideas.

Here is what keeps me going.

  • People reflecting they read the blog, sharing if they liked or found a spark that inspired them. 
  • My positive self talk must be brighter than my self doubt. 
  • I remind myself research feeds my soul. 
  • Finding amazing pictures that enhance the words that I write makes me feel good. 
  • Being able to share the art and other talented writers in my blog. I love to lift others.
  • It is a brain challenge, I believe so strongly in use it or it deteriorates. Yes it is hard.

 I’m thankful for any that read what I share. Thank you for being motivated. I would like to hear your struggles and strengths with modification in your life.

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