Emotional drama = unhappiness. That’s just the way it works. So what do you do? You could acquiesce and continue to play your tragic role… or you can dig deeper, find your true role, and fund it with a bottomless source of motivation.
We are talking about tuning into, and becoming motivated by the ordinary stuff of daily life; all those simple things that we experience from moment to moment. Think for a second of the power of that: if every new day provided us with fresh sources of motivation, how can we fail to be happy and successful?
But, it is easier said than done is it not?
The emotional drama
Depression, addiction, boredom, anxiety, and worry; these troubled emotions pigeonhole us. They typecast us as a person weakened by their burdens; struggling, or even worse — not caring about what happens next. The saddest part is, forward drive and motivated passion are just behind this thin but blinding curtain of drama; just a heartbeat away!
The motivating power of small things
So what do you do when the usual cures for procrastination and low motivation don’t work for you? For starters, it helps to forget about expecting your motivation to magically return full-force. It hardly ever does. Remember, your drama is blinding you to all of your usual motivators.
At times like this you are far better off looking to the obscure and the obtuse for the answer.
Small, indistinct sources of inspiration and motivation, go unfiltered by your psyche. They are missed in its attempt to keep you immersed in your drama. And you can use them to bring yourself back into your reality, your passion, and your motivation.
How do you identify these opportunities? Well, they could be anything other than what you might expect. Look for the small things. Grab onto whatever comes your way. If it makes you feel better somehow, then seize it and use it to fuel positive action. Once you begin taking action, you will fuel further action.
Use every small motivation to your advantage
Unlike the major motivators in your life, the list of small motivators is endless. Some examples are:
- A positive development in the life of someone you care about.
- The sun is shinning and there is a gentle breeze.
- You receive a positive comment or compliment from an unexpected source.
- The smell in the air after a good rain.
- A bird’s song drifts through the window and into your heart.
- The scent of a wildflower reminds you of happy times.
- A familiar song triggers your inspiration.
You clear the major hurdle once you act on these seemingly insignificant motivations. As Goethe said:
“Engage, and the mind grows heated. Begin, and the work will be completed.”
All you need is an exit from your drama. Once behind the stage curtain, you are again solidly in reality. You are empowered and motivated to create. But you must begin. Use these small motivators to encourage action. Then further action will be easier.
Develop a habit of noticing these events, and acting on the feeling they bring to you, and you will surely regain your motivation.
The old saying is true: “life can turn on a dime.” It can be that simple.
Over to you now…