Missing Motivation? Embrace It!

I had one of THOSE days yesterday – knowing that I really wanted to get started with my new project but there seemed to be a million admin tasks to get done first, family business needed some attention and finally, when the afternoon space of uninterrupted time opened up – could I get motivated?


When I set my intentions for the day I was going to pull together the marketing and sales material for my new product. Come the afternoon, my frustration from the morning had spilled into my mood and hampered that creative part of my brain. Even a tickle of chocolate and coffee couldn’t get it moving!

So, I decided to follow that old line “if you can’t beat them, join them” and instead of getting frustrated about my lack of creativity and productivity, EMBRACED IT! And realised that embracing it and going with the flow would be more useful than getting annoyed at myself. As my embracing grew and my frustration disappeared, I felt much better.

And as I improved my mindset and mood – I felt as if I could tackle something demanding. So I used my task focused mindset to attack my email – yes, all of it!! I blitzed my in box, sent folder and every other folder in between. And did I feel great!!

I felt satisfied, proud and as if a HUGE weight had disappeared. I felt in control and my mind felt clear.

Today, I set the same intention as I started off yesterday with and the creativity and energy came flooding in…… So my learning? Go with your flow, your energy and if your normal strategies of getting moving don’t shift it, embrace it and do something else you have been putting off. And accept that tomorrow is indeed a new day!

I’d love to know when have you embraced that thing that frustrated you and turned a situation around?

  • Patrice Garrick

    I really appreciate this article Wendy. The thing that really frustrated me is my illness, systemic lupus. Life got so much better when I embraced it. I realized that it was an opportunity to redefine myself. And it’s working out quite well!

  • Robin Revis Pke, Ph.D.


    It seems that we all experience those days when our motivation seems to waiver or become non-existent. I tend to agree with your thoughts. When those moments hit me, I reorganize and I get back to the basics. It helps me organize my thoughts and take control of my time. I shut my office door and begin to organize my desk, office, calendar, and emails. I may update my “to do” or “task” list, anything to keep me focused. Once I am organized, my focus and motivation returns which translates into a much more productive day!

  • http://www.mumandcareer.co.uk Inge

    Ah yes, I seem to be stuck all week. Paralysed by fear my venture will not go anywhere on Monday. Tackled that, by working late on Monday and getting through my entire Monday action list. It also helped to look at my fear and accept that, yes, it’s okay to be scared. Of course it is terrifying to run a business!
    However, now, 2 days later, I have a nice empty couple of hours in front of me and I am not using them at all. Good to see I am not the only one.

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