Could you use some motivation tips?
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Could you use some motivation tips?

It happens to us all. One day we’re motivated, and the next day we’re not. You may have been filled with enthusiasm when the project began. Then you ran into some obstacles, or things ended up being way harder than expected. All that upsurge of energy inevitably wanes, as dreams morph into reality, and you lose your confidence and momentum. We’ve all experienced this type of frustration and disappointment, and it can cause us to give up prematurely. 

I’m guilty of this. I always seem to have a string of unfinished projects. I love the start of something new, but as time passes, I can get frustrated or distracted. Sometimes, a new project enters my mind and tempts me like a bright, shiny object. Other times, I hit a challenge that I don’t feel like dealing with, so I procrastinate. Or maybe I let other priorities get in the way or just make excuses for not moving forward.

Staying motivated isn’t easy, but it can be done! Below are some tips for staying on track.

  • Clearly visualize your goal and expect success. Be very specific about what you want to accomplish and see yourself succeeding. See it, feel it, smell it, and taste it! Don’t focus on your fears but on what you can do to overcome them. Focus on the benefits you’ll achieve when you reach your goal.
  • Take a big goal and break it down into smaller achievements. Be realistic with your goals. Goals that are unreachable can cause your motivation to dwindle. Small goals that are achieved lead to increased motivation. Don’t overwhelm yourself!
  • Have a concrete plan, including deadlines. Make a detailed, to-do list, and include a time element. Mark off each item once it’s accomplished. This will give you a feeling of satisfaction.
  • Plan for future, but stay in the present. Don’t waste time by worrying about every single thing that could go wrong in the future. Focus on what you can accomplish today and get to work. Too much pontificating can slow your momentum.
  • Check your perfectionism at the door. As they say, don’t let “perfect” become the enemy of “good enough.” It’s very easy to get off track if you spend too much time trying to make everything 100% perfect. While it’s important to do a good job, you don’t want to get caught in an endless loop of revision that keeps you from moving forward.
  • Don’t be surprised or depressed about a loss of motivation. Look at it as an opportunity to step back and analyze what you’re doing wrong and right. Discover your faults and correct them. When you re-evaluate your plans and goals from a fresh perspective, you’ll feel a new surge of enthusiasm and motivation.
  • Consider starting a Success Team. A Success Team is a group of like-minded people who agree to meet on a regular basis with the goal of keeping each other motivated. I have participated in success teams, and they really can help, especially if you’re working on a solo project. Having to report on your progress to the team will give you a sense of accountability.

Do you have trouble staying motivated? Do you have lots of unfinished projects? What roadblocks get in your way? Do you overwhelm yourself by having too many interests and wanting to do too many things? Are good at planning? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Can I ever relate to this? I have a list of “unfinished projects” at all times, and what starts out as excitement and enthusiasm always seem to end in guilt at not having finished the task at hand. I am great about follow-through on things for other people but not so great when it comes to my own personal projects.

    Do you think this is unique to HSPs, or more prevalent in HSP’s for some reason? Sometimes I think we are almost too aware of all of the possible roadblocks or negative outcomes of what we do and that is what keeps us from finishing things. As long as things are unfinished they can’t be “wrong”.

    Would be interested to hear people’s thoughts!

  2. I too end up with lots of unfinished personal projects. The fear of failure that you mention can sometimes play a role. I have been known to get 90% of the way done and then abandon the project at the last minute. I also have so many ideas and things that I want to do, and I am very quick to jump to my next big idea. This often means that whatever project I am working on gets set aside. Multitasking is a distraction for me. I really have to force myself to prioritize my projects and then focus on whatever tops the list. Although personal motivation can be a challenge for me, I use this awareness to ensure that I’m improving all the time.

    It is different in a job or when I do work for others. I do much better with that. Having deadlines and explicit accountability seem to make all the difference.

  3. Yes I never miss a deadline! And if someone is counting on me, it gets done.

    Maybe it’s like you say – HSP’s are known to be creative so possibly we have too many ideas fighting for our attention all the time!

    But it’s good to know I’m not alone in this 🙂

  4. My list of unfinished projects exists I think is due to the fact I have nobody to be part of the projects, sometimes it feels we HSP don’t see a lot of purpose for things unless they involve other parties to admire and “benefit” from our ideas. Sharing the journey with others, again, is something I also feel lacks for me. I have done more (WAY more) in my 5 years of marriage than in my whole life (22 years) previous to the marriage.

    If anyone has a way around this.

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