Pardon My Dust

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Dust? Yes, dust! Dust essentially is dry particles and lately this blog has been DRY! I know, I know. I think about it every time someone randomly approaches me with "I am waiting for you to post your next blog". Oh really? You are waiting for little ol' me to post a blog? You actually read what I have to say? Would ya look at that?

It is extremely difficult, in this moment, for me to grab a hold on to and accept the responsibility of what I am called to do. Wait? What kind of responsibility comes with blogging? For me, it's not just blogging. God specifically called on me to use my voice to empower and encourage. Therefore, I am responsible for what I say (write) and even for what I don't.

Why is it hard? It's hard because, quite frankly, my creative juices have dried up. I have become content with the familiar. I lack motivation and have fallen victim to the "stagnant" trap. UGH!  I have been told that this happens to everyone. Well I am not everyone. I am different. I always have ideas, I always have the urge to write, and I always have something to say. So Minah, how come you haven't done so? That is what I am trying to figure out. 

One thing I do know, I have lost sight of the impact I make. Somewhere along this journey I have forgotten that I actually have influence, positive influence. Not to brag, but I have people watching me, waiting for my next move, awaiting the arrival of my next encouraging word. And here I am more focused on what's not right in my world. I have allowed my circumstances to silence me. While my heart is telling me write, write, write, my circumstances are warring against me telling me, I don't have anything to say, I am too sad right now to speak.  So let me get this straight... Just because things aren't going exactly the way I want them to I have to remain silent until things change? Absolutely not!

If we waited until things were just how we wanted them to be to activate our voice, our skills, our talents, we'd be waiting forever. What a boring, fruitless world would this be if everyone waited until things were perfect? While I am stumped by my discontentment I have to know that my actions might very well change how I feel. Where do we learn or what is about us that makes us want to remain in a not so pleasurable state instead of fighting our way out? I have no clue. But now that I have caught whiff of it I am on a mission to change it for myself.

It's evident that discontent can steal your motivation. If you aren't motivated to do anything, nothing will get done. 

How do I get my motivation back?

1. Get Inspired- For me, some inspiration comes from others who have accomplished what I want to accomplish, or who are currently doing it. I read other blogs, books, magazines. I change my scenery. Go to a museum, the park. Take a walk. You can't find the change you need looking in the same places you have always been.

2. One Goal- So many times it's hard for me to stay motivated because I have so many things running around in my head all at once. I am learning to focus on one goal at a time. When I have too much going on i have less energy and less motivation. Focus on one goal.

3. Make Your Goal Visible- "Write the vision. Make it plain" then post it somewhere you will see it often (everyday). I used to write notes and goals to myself on my bathroom mirrors. I miss have to start doing that again.  Vision boards work! Make one.

4. Half Full Vs. Have Empty- Focus on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go.

5. Put on your Nikes- Just do it! When you feel like it, do it. When you don’t feel like it, do it. Just do it!

6. Repeat- Repeat steps 1-5

Now that I have started to figure out this madness for myself, I hope this encourages readers to do the same.  Feel like you are in a slump? You are not alone.  Don’t stay in it! Do everything you can to fight your way through it!

In the meantime, please pardon my dust.

Don’t wait for your feelings to change to take the action. Take the action and your feelings will change.”
— Barbara Baron