Some Days You Push: What to Do When Motivation Wanes

Right now I want to curl up in my bed, or sprawl out on my yoga mat. I want to listen to the sound of my breath hissing through my body, watch the slow rise and fall of my chest, and leave the world dangling in the distance. It’s one of those days. My limbs feel heavy and I don’t have the energy to write.

Yet here I am, pecking at the keyboard, fingers betraying my inner sloth. I write because I should, because my calendar reminds me that it’s time, and because my goals align with this task.

What are your goals, and how are you working towards them right now?

The majority of the posts on this blog are about motivation. Each has some strand of inspiration woven through it like a shimmering thread.

I talk about surrendering to intention, pausing to find your happy place, and making sh*t happen. I recently rolled out a coaching program for bloggers who want to hone their skills, and I’ve already found a few clients who are courageous (or crazy) enough to take that wild ride with me towards self-improvement. I am hella happy to be showing these folks how to sharpen their prose. Because If there’s one thing I possess, it’s word wizardry. No, I couldn’t solve a math problem to save the world (sorry humanity). But damn if I can’t conjugate some verbs.

But I still don’t feel like writing right now. 

What the hell is my point anyway, you ask? I suppose it’s this:

Some days you just have to push until you’ve done that deed.

Blog post complete.

See what I did there?

 

26 Comments
  • Brittany
    December 7, 2015

    This is such a good reminder. It’s so hard sometimes to get to work or get to the gym, but so, so worth it in the end!

    • Rica Lewis
      December 7, 2015

      Yes! The challenge for me is shutting down the “dread talk” in my head so I can just do what needs doing! Thanks for reading and commenting Brittany!

  • Shann Eva
    April 13, 2016

    That is exactly what I did yesterday and today. Plus, today I pushed myself to go to the gym, when I really just wanted to stay in my pajamas and do nothing. Motivation is a funny thing. Last week, I was rockin it, and this week not so much.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 13, 2016

      Yup! That’s just what I’m dealing with. Last week I was on fire, and this week I’m not even luke warm! Thanks for reading, Shann.

  • Rosemond
    April 13, 2016

    I feel you. Some days you just have to sit down and pound it out. (Kinda like those days when you don’t want to go work out but you do it anyway). A mediocre workout or blah blog post is better than none at all I’ve learned!

    • Rica Lewis
      April 13, 2016

      Definitely, Rosemond. And sometimes it just takes me getting over the mental roadblocks to really rock my goal, whether it’s a blog post, workout, or some household chore. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • janella panchamsingh
    April 13, 2016

    I need this reminder daily! thanks for the post

    • Rica Lewis
      April 13, 2016

      My pleasure, Janella! Thanks for reading. 😀

  • Lori
    April 13, 2016

    Ok you just kicked my butt into gear to go for a walk. Thank you! Just got to go do it.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 13, 2016

      Awesome, Lori! Thanks for reading and enjoy your walk!

  • Erica Ligenza
    April 13, 2016

    Oh my gosh I LOVELOVELOVE the ending of this post. Perfect point. I’m inspired!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Rica Lewis
      April 14, 2016

      Thanks, Erica! I’m glad you liked it. And thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Ann
    April 13, 2016

    I have really been struggling with this. Sometimes I just can’t even lol!

  • Liv
    April 13, 2016

    Sometimes you really do just have to push through.

  • Candace
    April 13, 2016

    YES! Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Everyone struggles with disenchantment of their goals, but it’s important to keep going. http://www.simplyluckylife.blogspot.com

  • Julie
    April 20, 2016

    Good post on making it happen even when you don’t want to. Great reminder that we can get it done if we push ourselves a little.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 20, 2016

      Thanks, Julie. Glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate the comment!

  • Wendy Bottrell
    April 21, 2016

    Seems to me it’s all the the WHY! I’ve heard it said, what motivates, motivates. My biggest successes always happen because my WHY is clear and detailed. Thanks.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 21, 2016

      So true, Wendy! Thanks for reading and offering your insight. 🙂

  • Bethany
    April 21, 2016

    Oh man I love this post! Silly but serious simultaneously. Well written!!

  • Liv
    April 21, 2016

    Perfect. Right to the end. Well done!

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