So one of the reasons for me starting this blog was to try and be consistent in my writing. It was also to document the events I organise and go to as a way of connecting and motivating others and myself to remain ambitious and follow your dreams.
Consistency is the key word in that paragraph. I have trouble being consistent some times. If it’s not directly related to my job or the people that I love, I can very easily become distracted or loose motivation.
I have completely neglected this blog for the last few months and not for the reason I thought I would. I had reservations about creating this blog as I thought I would run out of things to write. But the reason I have not posted lately is because I had some bad news in my family and we’ve been dealing with it. That aside, people go through things all the time but it’s how you bounce back from it that really counts.
As a highly motivated and ambitious person, how do I put my feelings and emotions to the side and continue to work on things that are important but not urgent?
For the first week I didn’t. I neglected everything that did not need to be dealt with immediately; I did the bare minimum. I turned up to meetings but wasn’t present. I completed my assignments but my heart wasn’t in it. I travelled to Paris and Tallinn to organise events but did not enjoy them as I usually do.
For someone who has trouble remaining consistent this was the worst thing that could happen to me because it was an excuse. ‘I want to write a blog post but I’m grieving so I don’t have to’, ‘I want to complete my personal mission before my next mentoring session but I’m grieving so I don’t have to’. Where do you draw the line? How do you get it together?
I do not presume to have the answers, but from my experience you bounce back by doing what you know works for you. Events work for me. So I signed up for a networking, panel discussion event organised by the General Assembly called ChangeMakers Under 30 which featured 3 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 who come from different backgrounds and fulfil diverse roles in the organisations they’ve founded. It was exactly what I needed to relight the fire in my belly. It reminded me of the importance of being consistent and working for your dream. My dream is to leave the world better than I found it and how was I doing that by completely avoiding my personal and professional development?
I have now set myself a goal to blog at least twice a week for the rest of the year, which is completely achievable due to the amount of time I have off over Christmas, however for me it will be a huge test on my discipline. To help me achieve this I have signed up for a few panel/networking/motivating events over the month to keep my fire burning; I will let you know how they go.
What works for you? How do you stay motivated?