Motivation is that hidden power that gets you to do something that you might not have otherwise wanted to do. It has been defined as an “incentive, drive or desire to do.” It is the inspiration that pushes you to score that goal, or ace that test. It can help you keep at something when you would prefer to quit.
Say for instance you are going fishing and you love to fish. Oh boy, motivation comes in a flash. You jump out of bed, swallow down breakfast, and get your tackle box ready. You sprint to the car and off you go with a feeling of great excitement.
As a general rule, the more reasons you have to do something – the more benefits there are for you – the more motivated you are likely to be. No matter how many reasons other people might give you or how much they try to persuade or influence you, until it resonates with what is important to you, in other words with what you value, you just cannot and will not be motivated.
Read an inspiring book. How long has it been since you’ve re-read a book that really moved you? Go grab one of your favorites off the shelf and read it again. The words on the pages won’t be different, but the reader will have changed since the last reading, and that often makes all the difference. I’ll bet you share this experience with me: during some of the most trying times in my life, I’ve had a book in my brief case or car that I could work away at reading, a few pages at a time, and it helped me draw the strength of follow magazines I needed to deal with the trouble of my days.
This is where the goal and ambition begins. We look at someone we admire and before long we wish to be like them. After carrying out research we believe that we can achieve success as they did and suddenly we are inspired. What this boils down to is always remembering these heroes when our inspirational energy levels drop. We must ask ourselves whether they would give up on their causes. We must ask ourselves whether they would leave any stone unturned or stick to the path. We must remind ourselves repeatedly that to be like them we need to put in the time and effort that our desires require. If we can remember our admiration for them then this is bound to inspire us to do more.
Fact: While perhaps not obvious on the surface, you might be surprised to learn that fear is often a motivator. Most people would have heard of the carrot or stick principle; move towards the carrot and away from the stick. Some people are motivated by the reward, the gain, while others might be more motivated by fear, discomfort, potential loss or pain. Gain and pain are both strong motivating factors. In many cases it is not one or the other but a combination of both.
Some writers believe that the more effort they make, the more likely inspiration will strike and their writing will improve. Actually this practice can become harmful. Too much of the mental grind can actually result in messy writing and a lack of focus. Take a break. Find time for relaxation. Do something different that brings you peace. I cannot tell you exactly what this is since people have different ways of relaxation. Whether it be playing a game, gardening, reading a book or simply gazing out a window while drinking coffee, give yourself the mental break you need. Your writing will improve if you allow yourself a good balance of relaxation and peace.
Well finding inspiration may sound easy as I have described it, but this process may take weeks or months, not happen instantaneously as those old Greek muses would have it seem. The most important thing to remember when learning beading how to’s, is to never give up. Inspiration may not come standard, but it is without a doubt attainable.