When You Lose Motivation

What happens when you lose your motivation to do those things you were once passionate about?

Now, to be clear here, I am not talking about what could be identified as a serious mental health issue, I am simply talking about when something doesn’t interest you any more.

Take for instance, this blog.

I made a commitment to myself at the start of the year to publish a post every day.

Some days I haven’t been able to do that.

In the beginning, there was what I felt a good excuse as to why I didn’t write something.

Then the bar got lower and lower.

Up to the point where any excuse would do.

For me, my motivation started disappearing when I didn’t follow the routine that I had set for myself.

This routine was sitting down every Sunday and writing a week’s worth of post titles, and brief on a set of index cards.

Then, when the day came around, I would write out the post itself.

I made the mistake of thinking that I had enough of a buffer set that I could handle a few days of not planning.

Those few days turned into a week.

And that week turned into weeks.

By then, my routine was well and truly gone.

So, how did I get my motivation back?

To tell you the truth, I don’t know if I have.

What I can tell you, is that I am getting back into the routine that I set for myself, and going back to the reason why I started this blog.

To write something every day.

I know from experience, the more I write, the more I will be able to write.

I also know that the more I will be able to write, the better my writing will become.

The better it becomes, the more I will want to write more.

Yes, it is a big, almost vicious, circle.

The thing is, sometimes all we need to do is start.

Or start again.

Leave a comment