Okay so this time I was beset upon by a roving gang of monkeys that staunchly forbid me to update my blog, why? Honestly, I have no idea because I don’t speak monkey. Grin.
Alright, alright, I have no excuses. After my last post, my motivation went *poof* (again) and I kept saying I would get back to it and kept prioritizing everything else. Or I would have a great idea as I drifted off to sleep, not make a note of it, and fail to recall the idea in the morning, giving myself one more reason to say “I’ll get to it later.”
So here I am posting on motivation and keeping myself accountable (again) and making a sincere effort to not let so much time accumulate between posts.
What helped me this time, supportive friends (again), and reminding myself that if I don’t make time for this, IT WILL NOT HAPPEN. I am the only one that is going to maintain my website, which cannot occur if I never give it time. So I sat down again at my computer gave myself permission to stare at an empty page willing inspiration to appear. I limited other distractions, no web surfing, no emailing, no looking at cat videos. I prioritized this blog, this aspect of my life, and when I did, well these words came out. They may not be the best words ever posted, yet they don’t have to be, for today it is enough that I sat down and did what I had been putting off for way too long.
And with that I am slowly getting motivation and determination back in alignment and am realizing that sometimes “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
The funny thing is, the post was about motivation and I was 80 percent done writing it and my motivation fizzled, *poof* it was gone. Or maybe I could say it was transmogrified; every time I would go to finish the post, something else would capture my attention and suddenly organizing my sock drawer became crucial. Okay, so maybe I didn’t organize my sock drawer; however I did manage to strip all the paint off my wooden staircase which is a task I have been avoiding for 4 years. So yeah, my motivation shifted and boy was I motivated to avoid finishing my post. Luckily I have a good friend who reads this and kept asking me where my next post was. Turns out I was motivated to come up with vague answers to evade the question. This made me think about all the energy I was expending avoiding my post, so I figured it was a good time to explore this issue, as I know I am not the only one who experiences the capriciousness of motivation.
So I wonder if it comes down to an alignment of determination and motivation. Certainly one won’t work with out the other. So what throws them out of alignment? For me with my last post, something felt off and I couldn’t figure out what. Stopping and focusing on something else often provides me with the inspiration to continue. This time, no dice, my motivation and determination fell out of alignment and the only thing I was determined to do was anything else. Read More >
Follow-through is defined as either the part of the stroke following the strike of the ball or the act or instance of following-through. I would argue that following-through is often many strung together acts of following-through, most of us don’t follow-through just once on a project and say “ah that’s done.” Usually isn’t that simple and it is a compilation of follow-throughs that ultimately help us reach our goals. Just as in a football, or er soccer game, the game doesn’t stop when one goal is made. There are many kicks and plays leading to many follow-throughs which may not result in a goal, however it does result in an over all game and a type of accomplishment. Sometimes it is just hard to see the big picture. Pardon me for the sporting analogy, which admittedly is not an area of expertise. However I am moved for two reasons, one the World Cup starts tomorrow (Woo Hoo) and two because I have been experiencing some lessons around follow-through. These lessons highlighted for me both how important follow-through can be, as well as the difficulties around “follow-through.”