You were inspired about this yesterday… where did the energy go?
What happened to your excitement, the enthusiasm, your passion for building and creating this thing that you love?
Then self doubt and questioning drag you into even murkier waters.
Maybe you weren’t really passionate about it in the first place. Possible, but how do you KNOW for sure?
Maybe you just aren’t disciplined enough and just need to follow through for once. Also possible, but what if you don’t care about it actually and end up wasting your time?
I’ve found that there are a handful of reasons your energy is slipping. There are also proven ways to take yourself out of the funk, and sustain your energy more evenly so that you’re not always in crisis mode.
Reason #1. Your Goal Isn’t Your Own
This usually happens because you feel you need to impress other people. So you choose a goal that doesn’t really matter to you.
It works for a little while, but then you find a certain dissonance from your goal. It feels foreign to you. It doesn’t feel like something you can remember wanting in the past.
The tell-tell sign that you’ve chosen a goal that isn’t your own is that you can’t easily describe to someone why it matters to you, and simultaneously feel good about it. You feel it in your mind, but not your heart.
Reason #2. You’re Always Running Away
You’re used to always running away from things, but things are generally good now. You haven’t allowed yourself to run toward something.
This happens often with successful artists. They start out angry, hurt, depressed or in some form of deep pain. But as they work through that pain they undo it over time. They achieve a certain amount of success, they stop needing to struggle to survive, and their inspiration seems to disappear.
At some point you have to learn to be inspired by going toward pleasure, not just away from pain.
Reason #3. You Haven’t Gotten Clear On Your Deep Why
You can easily choose a goal that you’re excited about, genuinely running toward something you’re really passionate about. But if you haven’t gotten clear on why it is important to you, it can be easy to forget and inevitably you lose motivation.
You can find yourself questioning what you’re doing or if it is truly the right path for you.
When you uncover a why that is deep and at your core, you’re able to stay at the center of what matters to you. The goals and projects may change, the expressions of your purpose may shift, but at the core is the same theme.
Because you stay close to your core, you’re able to measure any opportunities that come your way with how well they match up with your theme. More often your outer expression begins to match your inner motivation.
Reason #4. You’re Horrible At Remembering Why You’re Doing What You’re Doing
This is where both discipline and practice come into play.
You’ve created a vision that truly matters to you, one that you can run toward. You know the deep why and can articulate it to anyone.
Now the practice becomes staying connected and remembering that purpose at all times.
This is the hardest part and the longest work, perhaps a lifetime of work. However, you can greatly accelerate and improve your remembrance abilities by creating reminders in your environment, by practicing with others, and by starting your day with remembering your deepest why.
You’re not alone, go easy on yourself
Some days you just won’t feel it and you need to go easy on yourself. Some days you need to push through the fuzz and cultivate more devotion.
We’re not robots, we all struggle staying motivated and inspired from time to time. Ride the cycles and honor your natural rhythms. Stay diligent and know the difference between the need for discipline and the need for rest and cultivation.
The right action won’t always be clear, but the more you practice, the easier it will get.
Add your voice in the comments: What do you do when you’re not feeling motivated? What helps you get back into the groove?
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