Do you ever stop yourself from starting something new because you convince yourself you don’t have the motivation to pursue it right now? If that sounds familiar, RELATABLE. However, we get so many things wrong about motivation and let me tell you why.
Motivation will come and go. Just think about the gym as an easy reference. We don’t ALWAYS want to go, even though we know we committed to a routine or set amount of workouts for the week. But you do it anyway (sometimes, at least), because if we stopped, then eventually we will convince ourself to just give up all together.
“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”William Faulkner
Towards the end of 2021 and throughout 2022, I felt like I lacked motivation. I was still passionate about the content I shared on my blog, but I was no longer consistently creating it. Since I ignored all of my channels (WordPress, instagram, Facebook), I had what you call… a DEAD account.
My site stats for 2022 (incredibly low from previous years, 1 post made the whole year).
I finally decided this past December that I am going to pick the pieces back up. Having very little engagement on my channels held me back for months as I convinced myself there was no coming back. Ultimately, coming into the new year, my mind is off the rails everyday about the kinds of things that will insipire and empower others and I decided I just wanted to commit to that. Am I motivated to create loads of content every week? Absolutely not.
Instead, I focused on my purpose. I love to write. I love to inspire others. Instead of waiting for the feeling of motivation to hit me, I created a couple of small goals. In 2023, I would write at least 2 blogs a month. (Note: January, 2 blogs were written so I am on track)! Guess what happened by writing those two blogs?
I actually surpassed the number of views received this month than the past FIVE Januarys! THIS was actually the thing that increased my motivation – not only to continue, but now to try and beat my stats from the previous years as well. Now it’s a competition only between me, myself, and I.
I am motivated to continue writing my two blogs a month (or more now), and really just celebrating along the way. This month I not only wrote these blogs, but I was able to reconnect with my audience, collaborate with a fellow coach, and inspire however many amount of people viewed my blogs this month.
Motivation comes and goes. I expect when I become particularly busy with work, family, and other obligations, my motivation will eventually drop. But I remember what I am working towards and you should too. We won’t be perfect but we can celebrate the smaller wins as there is always progress in the pursuit.
Stay inspired my friends!