So I happened upon my insights page and compared what I’ve done this year (so far) to the three years prior and the results are dismal. The first year I really took to blogging, I posted 164. The next year, which saw a great increase of interaction with the outside world, I posted only 112. Then last year, I posted 118. Can you imagine with my lulls of inactivity where I might be sitting this year?
Yep. 21 posts (now 22) in seven months. ((sigh)) Wow.
If those are the results of my blogging, I don’t even want to know what that might mean for my writing.
I set goals for myself at the beginning of the year (last year had proven productive, for the most part), and I wanted to keep that enthusiasm going. I’m now reevaluating those goals as I’m certain I’m going to fall short at the rate I’m crawling.
How did this happen?!
I may need to reevaluate a few other things as well. I saw this quote and decided it may be the best way to get motivated again.
What are your motivational/goal achieving tricks?
We live in an age of immediate gratification. The world is at our fingertips and we can have (almost) whatever we want thanks to Prime shipping. In the words of Veruca Salt, “I want it now!” And do you remember, we didn’t like her. This makes waiting for positive feedback, a step forward, or any progress on a long term goal for creatives all the more painful.
We seek out a modicum of pleasure in the quick response to a post via any one of the social media time-sucks (those little thumbs-up and likes can really do a number on the ego, can’t they?!), and we can check our inbox a hundred times a day (because very little actually arrives in physical mailboxes any more), because we can’t seem to wait. We want satisfaction, and we want it now. It’s makes the “patience is a virtue” phrase all the more relevant.
The creative path is not the way for those who desire a “quick fix”. Creatives need to find a balance in this fast paced world and remember that we need to put in the time and effort to reap the reward, and it starts with this:
I want this as a poster on my wall. In fact, I may do just that. It’s easy to get sidetracked, and I know this from experience, but no more.
Stay strong, my friends! Wishing you all the best with your goals!