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.