IWSG: Getting the Fizz Back
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Isn’t it easier to motivate others than to self-motivate? Unless you’re an egomaniac, that is. In my previous jobs, I used to love motivating others and helping them to take control and achieve their goals. Their success felt like my success. But now I’m out on my own, those skills seemed to have hibernated. Don’t misunderstand – I write, research and work hard every day but the zest that used to fizz in my stomach (which I attribute to motivation) is too quiet – not even a slight ‘blub’. So, this month I reached out and with the help of three main components, I’ve got some of that fizz back.
1) I joined an on-line writing group! The members of the group have been so welcoming, freely given me constructive criticism of my words and boosted my confidence with praise and support. Bubbles!
2) I read a non-fiction book which advised to mark things as URGENT rather than give oneself a faraway date to achieve something by. This reminded me that I used to work in this way for others so why not for myself! More bubbles!
3) I read a blog post at Writer's Zen called 'I'm Hiring Myself', which reminded me that I am not alone with this fizz-less feeling! Great post! If you haven’t read it, I would encourage you to do so. Extra popping bubbles!
Sometimes, even though things seem to be progressing, the fizz does disappear from time to time and before everything turns flat, something new or out of the ordinary needs to be explored. Oh my life, I would make an excellent marriage counsellor!!
Have you done anything new this month? Do you have difficulties with self-motivation?