By Sian Yewdall
Hands up who’s ever felt the powerful energy of a blog post writing it self?
When real motivation strikes, magic happens. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you can feel the vaults of inspiration surge from your toes to your nose. The words start flowing. It’s electric and your fingers can’t keep up with your mind as they dance over the keyboard.
Then…Boom! You’re done. It’s the best work you’ve ever produced and you walk away feeling like a sassy combination of Beyonce and Jane Austen because your work was just so darn good.
But what happens motivation fails?
You know those days when you write simply to put words on a page to produce something and your mind has already left the laptop to prepare dinner, write a mental draft of tomorrow’s social media posts, and strategize your next free resource to boost your mailing list?
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve had many days when I’ll only do what’s necessary in order to get it off my to-do list and not infuse my words with the empowering energy they require.
Then, even when I know the article is less than stellar, somehow I still expect my tribe to fawn all over my post with gushing comments, just because I typed up a few notes and emailed them a personal message with a link to the article like I was the Queen gracing them with my presence.
Now, don’t mistake me, I’m not advocating perfectionism. But I do believe often as writers, bloggers, small business owners and Oprah-style entrepreneur enthusiasts, we feel compelled to write and produce content because it’s what the ‘rules’ say.
Yes, we’re well aware that consistent, valuable, entertaining and sharable content is gold. We know what makes the blogging online world go round.
But have you stopped to ask yourself what you really need in order to guide your next step and connect with that magical mojo again, or are you just putting one foot in front of the other because you fear being left behind?
If at some level you’re feeling a heart-driven pull to slow down on content creation to conjure up that magical writing mojo, here are three questions to ask yourself:
1. Am I OK?
Does the sensation of sitting down at your laptop send a cold shiver down your spine? Are you tired? Exhausted? Drained? Frustrated? Is there a weight on your shoulders that you’ve not yet acknowledged?
Stop for a moment and ask yourself, ‘Am I ok? How do I really feel?’ Take a few deep breaths and give yourself permission to connect with your heart to find out what’s really going on for you underneath it all. Perhaps your lack of motivation goes deeper than not having a good blog post idea to latch on to?
2. Am I still on purpose?
If the word purpose doesn’t sit comfortably with you, then change this question to, ‘Am I still having fun? Am I happy with what I do generally? Does it still bring me joy?’
In order to reconnect to your motivation the original desire and purpose of why you do what you do needs to exist. If you left the 9 to 5 hustle to experience more fun and freedom as your own boss, or blogging is your creative outlet, does the intention behind your decision still hold true?
If at your core, you are still captivated by your service, then it sounds like you just need time out. If not, you may have hit on something deeper. Are you ready to acknowledge it and let go?
3. What can I do now to honour this feeling?
In an email I received from a Life Coach, she admitted she had returned after entire month off. No social media. No newsletters. No pre-scheduled articles. No connection with her tribe at all. She realised one day she hadn’t taken a significant break from her business in nine years and her heart and soul was calling her to step away. So she did.
The point being, she obviously loved herself enough to feel in to her heart, ask herself what she needed and then honoured the realisation by making it happen.
If she didn’t disconnect and gain space then the only person she would be letting down was her self. Her tribe, because they love her, completely bowed at her awesomeness and cheered, ‘Hell yes! Go you!’
Your tribe is your tribe because they love you. They will support you if you’re open, honest and transparent about why you need to do what you do, and if they don’t understand, then I’d question whether the relationship was a genuine heart-driven one in the first place.
In a world of constant connection and other people’s motivated energy coming through in your news feed, it can be very easy to believe you need to keep going at optimum pace everyday to maintain the hustle and strive to be a success.
But I like to think of the Hare and the Tortoise. You’ll get there in the end if you run your own race with love, honour and grace.
Sian Yewdall is the Founder of The Woman Rising Network , a space dedicated to providing online workshops to help you cultivate your best life offline.