It should have been a good week. After months of depressing wet and cold weather and short days, London has suddenly blossomed into spring.
I have a lot of plans that are coming to fruition – video courses and Kindle books I’ve been working on are nearing completion. I love this bit! Well, I usually do. But this time there are issues. There are technical difficulties and people not getting back to me.
Suddenly, I’ve noticed things get on top of me. So I thought I write down my reasons why we shouldn’t give up:
1. It wouldn’t be worth it without a struggle
Why are you doing this in the first place? So you could put a website together and be successful straightaway? Where would the fun be in that?
2. You’ve gone too far to turn back now
You’ve worked hard to get where you are now. Even if you’re disappointed you haven’t got further, you’ve got to keep going. You’ll regret it if you don’t.
3. It’s always darkest before the dawn
The period after most of the work is done and before “going live” or hitting the “publish” button is the most critical.
Gurdjieff showed in his rule of 8 how the universe will always find blocks just before the conclusion of a project. I have found this always to be true. When these block come you just have to smile, get your head down and battle through them. You can do it.
4. What else are you going to do?
Quite a lot – you can watch TV, read the newspaper, drift through life unconsciously. Don’t do that! You’ve done it before, you didn’t enjoy it and it brought you nothing.
5. Show yourself you can do it
The thing I have found most inspiring is when I prove to myself I can do something after having first felt it impossible. I did this with web design. I thought I’d never be able to understand how to put websites together and it was a great boost to my self-confidence when I finally figured it out.
Imagine what you could prove to yourself?
6. Imagine the benefits of getting there
Put yourself in the state of mind of having completed a task you’re finding difficulties with now. Imagine you completed it to your absolute satisfaction. What will you have achieved? Money? Fulfillment? The thought of having helped someone? Whatever works for you, work towards it.
7. Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself
Why are you doing this in the first place? It’s easy, after a few months or years, to forget our initial purpose. I got into design and the internet because I really love mass communication. But in the hurly-burly of life and work, some days I just forget why I’m doing this.
If you enjoy yourself while creating something, people will enjoy themselves whilst using your creation.
Here’s some advice, if you’re going through a tough patch
I’m the last person to give advice I’m one of the most disorganised, slaphappy, poorly-motivated idiots I know. I’m forever finding myself on Facebook looking at funny videos of cats when I really should be trying to earn money.
But, if you’re finding motivation difficult, here are some of my tried and tested solutions:
- Get up and do something different for a while
- You could go out with friends and family, read a book or spend time with your loved ones talking
- Take your clothes off (no, I’m not going weird), put shorts, t-shirt and trainers on and go for a run (the reason I put it like that is because if you just think “I should go for a run” you’ll persuade yourself not to; if you think “I’ll just put my running stuff on” you’re more likely to do it)
- Don’t listen to negativity (other people’s or your own)
- Enjoy yourself!
Spring is here (for northern hemisphere people) and the world economy is – maybe – picking up. However, I think motivation is something we’ve all got to work at, all the time.
I don’t usually write motivational or personal development articles. In fact, this was more for my benefit than it was for yours. But if it’s helped one other person then it was worth writing and publishing.
What about you? Have you got anything you can share to help with our motivation and productivity?