Posted by Peg in South Carolina
Yesterday I wrote about mud. The color, mud. What I did not write about was that I myself was dragging in the mud. No inspiration, no enthusiasm, no energy. True, it was a dreadfully rainy and bleak day, but never has that kind of weather elicited such a reaction from me.* I was even beginning to think that I might be coming down with swine flu.
This morning I woke up. No swine flu. Energy pretty much back. And an absolutely fantastic and to-the-point piece popped up in my blog reader, a piece, of course, which I must share.
It is called “How to Defeat Burnout and Stay Motivated” and can be found here. It is perhaps the best essay I can remember having read on the subject. One of the things that got my attention was the author’s discussion of marking milestones along the journey. Marking them, not just in your head, but in a journal. Create them, if you have to.
I had a voice lesson yesterday. The 30 minutes usually feels more like 5 minutes, but it felt more like an hour yesterday. Nevertheless I noted that one of the things my teacher does is to mark milestones for me. The milestones she marks are quite small, but they are clear and well-defined, they are important, and when she marks one I smile. I smiled yesterday.
I don’t have a weaving teacher. So I have to take over that function for myself. Right now I don’t know exactly how I will do it, but I will figure it out.
Also interesting is his discussion of inspiration. Inspiration seems to be a wispy kind of thing, a now-I’m-here, now-I’m-not kind of thing. But it doesn’t have to be. It can be trained. Go read the piece to learn how…….
A QUESTION REMAINS
One thing he does not talk about, however, is how to deal with the inevitable down days, how to survive them, how to believe that this day will pass, what to do when you are in mere survival mode.
*This is probably not a true statement….(grin!)