|01-07-2007, 11:10 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: D.C. area
Overcoming a Loss in Motivation that Follows a Burst of Activity
One of my greatest challenges isn't starting new projects, but maintaining my momentum after my initial enthusiasm fades. How do you deal with this loss of motivation when it occurs?
I think that the key is understanding your emotional process and harnessing it for your benefit. The natural pattern of human emotion is peaks and valleys. When we start a new project weíre filled with tremendous optimism. All we can think about is the expected benefits, and since we havenít started yet, we arenít aware of the difficulties involved. This natural high causes a surge of mental and physical activity. The peak is a great thing because the energy boost gets projects off the ground. If youíre a creative type like me, you know that this period is euphoric. You feel like nothing can stop you.
The downside of this surge of energy is that it inevitably ends. Exerting large amounts of energy wears you down, and after the initial optimism wears off we feel extremely tired. However high you started off, you fall down just as low. This causes a loss of confidence. The combination of fatigue, scant results, and an awareness of impending adversity makes us want to give up. From personal experience Iíve learned a few ways to hold strong against negativity.
1. Be prepared for letdown
2. Use the opportunity to reevaluate your motivation from a fresh perspective.
I've written a substantial post of the subject: Overcoming the Loss of Motivation that Follows a Surge of Productivity - Pick the Brain - Self Improvement, Individuality, and the Pursuit of Happiness. And I'd really like to know what everyone else thinks.
|Thread||Thread Starter||Forum||Replies||Last Post|
|How to get rid of sleep-o-holism?||Vektor||Health & Fitness||27||07-24-2011 08:11 PM|
|Top Ten for Holistic Weight Loss!||HolisticWellness.com||Health & Fitness||7||12-13-2006 09:24 PM|
All times are GMT. The time now is 09:39 AM.