Reading, Writing, And Better WritingMarch 26, 2020
Beginning novelists are often confused about imagination and inspiration, unsure of the specific roles each one plays and unsure of how the two interrelate.
Understand that when under stress you need to be extra vigilant so you don’t regress to old and ineffective behavior or habits. For example people will often revert back to smoking, drinking or over eating during times of stress, hence the saying; during stress we often regress.
People are only motivated in the long run if they are doing something that is their passion or that interests them, something that they feel is meaningful. They must have a feeling of being part of a community. They must work for, be part of, and believe that they are working towards something much bigger than themselves. They must build a legacy. This legacy is not the life on the beach or travelling.
A discussion of motivation and This is how I do it is not complete without a mention of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Psychologist Maslow wrote a paper in 1934 titled ‘A Theory of Human Motivation’. In this paper, he gave his opinion on what he thought motivates human behaviour. The lowest motivation for human conduct is a desire to acquire some creature comforts. You are at this level if you are struggling to get by. Those at the highest levels of human motivation seek to self-actualize. They live for higher things, believed in higher ideals, and move for higher reasons motivated by the highest human thoughts.
The nature of the home based business lends itself to apply the theories of motivation much better. The environment to motivate people is much better than in the more formal work environment. By applying some of the theories of motivation in our business, we will make more people successful and in the process everybody working together will be more successful.
In order to be motivated there needs to be something in it for you. Even if you are motivated to help others, it makes you feel good; it gives you satisfaction, a purpose. You need to create and have a good reason to put in continuous effort. Why else would you put in the effort and generally give up doing something else that you might otherwise enjoy?
Now and again you just need to step back and take a breather to get your inspiration back. If you see that you are not getting inspiration despite where you are looking then it is definitely time you stepped far from the airbrush art for awhile. Take a few hours to act except that airbrushing and let your mind go for awhile. You will be astonished how rapidly your inspiration comes back and creative juices start flowing when you simply take a breather.