Your Work Works When YOU Work
I LOVE being inspired and fired up about what I'm working on. I'm really jamming and grooving when I'm excited and motivated, and when I feel like I'm doing something I'm GOOD at, something that holds a lot of purpose and meaning for me. Aren't we all this way? It's the BEST feeling. That spot is where I want to be, always. I want to be dancing there, in between super-stoked and on-fire, in my work and my play: my relationships, my career, my creating, and my fun. It doesn't always happen. Here's what I'm finding about my in-between times...
A thought I had one morning, pre-motivation and productivity:
How does it work?
Nothing happens when you sit around making lists or getting distracted by your cell phone.
I have a tendency to make progress, be productive, get a lot done, and then flat line a little. I somehow lose steam and start to just THINK about everything I'm going to do next, instead of DOING it.
And here's how it goes:
Things only work if
Maybe we hit this phase and it just means we need a break. Maybe I've been overly committed and productive, and my mind is ready for a space of down time.
That's good! Time off is good time.
But I also have to approach it that way, instead of accidentally letting it half-way happen to me while I keep "planning" my actions for the day.
I have to tell myself to stop pretending I'm working when I'm actually putting forth very little effort. (But that's still not real rest because I'm calling it "work time" in my brain! See the breakdown?)
I'm learning I don't like this in-between, both/neither limbo I keep cycling back to.
And! Usually, when I just get back to it -- "Effort before Inspiration" is what I like to call it -- I remember what I was so stoked about. The motivation returns. Things start rolling again. I get excited, and when I'm excited and in it, then is when I can make things happen.
Rest. And then just get back to it.
If you have created work for yourself that is truly what you love, the inspiration will come back. It always faithfully follows. Keep going. Keep morphing and believing and trying and resting.