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I have hit a rough spot in my blogging. I am working a 9-hour day, 5 days a week and finding it difficult to find inspiration and motivation for blog posts. Got any suggestions?
Is it possible that I have hit a kind of blog writer’s block? I seem to have run out of juice. Of motivation. Of energy to fuel creative ideas. I ask myself if I have fallen out of touch with things of interest. I feel like I have become boring – to myself.
Inspiration from others?
I look for the wise words of others. There are times when they move me, others they don’t.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
~ Helen Keller
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
~ Thomas Edison
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
~ Maya Angelou
Sometimes we don’t what we don’t know
We don’t always know what we bring to the lives of others. We don’t always know if we make a difference to others or if they are inspired or moved by something we say or do. We don’t always share the same feedback to others.
But what if we did?
What would happen if we gave people feedback more freely. If we framed it in a positive way, so that there was encouragement and growth in our words – while being honest? What if we acknowledged the contribution individuals made to our lives? What would that world be like? Would we have trouble finding motivation? Being inspired? Tapping into our creativity?
If we don’t know, we don’t know. We don’t go to new limits. We don’t appreciate our own impact. We don’t get our own contribution to others.
Acknowledgement is enlightening
I recently met someone who was undertaking a course (a ski instructor level 4 pre-course). She was wondering if she was “too old” to be trying for it. She is in her mid-forties. She said as much to the course trainers. They countered with the example of someone who achieved her aspired level, in their mid-fifties, holding this person up as an inspiration.
As it turns out, I know the fifty-something person and shared this feedback with them. They were surprised and chuffed. The concept that they may have made a difference to others was quietly rewarding.
Putting it out to the universe
I also chatted to a friend who is looking for a new direction and business opportunities for collaboration with others. When she expressed this to people she knew, she was surprised at the responses from various friends and colleagues who reacted with genuine interest and enthusiasm.
My words to her were, “You don’t always know who you are for others or what your endeavours mean for them.”
Ask and you shall receive?
Perhaps I should take my own advice? Should I ask the universe for inspiration? Perhaps I could ask readers of this blog – what interests you? What posts are inspiring and motivating to you? What do you gain from reading my blog?
What do you want to read more of?
What do you want to read less of?
What do you want to see done differently?
Feel free to respond below or by email to these questions or give suggestions. I am committed to listening and considering new ideas. Bring them on!