Motivation From Within
Motivation. What is it that drive you? Where does it come from, and why does it seem to leave so soon?
For many, motivation seems to have a mind of its own. It comes and goes as it pleases. And I know it is common among graphic designers as well as others in the creative fields. However, this issue is not localized. It impacts many aspects of our lives, period.
The Problem With Motivation.
The tricky part of motivation, and one we all attempt to obtain, is understanding how to maintain and perpetuate its affect. Without it, things seem to fall by the wayside. We get sidetracked and lose focus on the project at hand.
For example, I tend to struggle with writing. It begins with fear or failure or the perfectionist side of me says it’s not good enough yet. Then I lose the motivation to write or finish writing. For others, it would be designing or any number of things. In this example it is discouragement or a feeling of inadequacy that will kill motivation.
The loss creates a block that prevents us from moving forward. A blank page or screen becomes a very difficult hurdle to surpass. And I am sure you would all agree that the worst time for it to happen is in the middle of a project.
A Vision For Motivation
So, what do we do? How do we avoid losing steam? I believe part of the answer can be found in a quote from Zig Ziglar.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Everyone has some sort of personal want, need, or belief that drives them. Yes, some reasons are better or healthier than others but, to maintain the affects of motivation, those reasons must be visited on a regular basis.
Personally, I will reexamine my beliefs and the reasons for my pursuits to ignite motivation. In away, the process takes everything out of my hands, helps remind me to stay humble(at least I hope so), and relieves the pressure that was blocking the motivation.
I write this from my understanding and experience, but I would like to hear your thoughts or approaches to motivation.