Inspiration, Motivation, Concentration

I don’t know about you, but I think I can safely assume that you know or certainly feel like you have something big in you. A something that you know will make you happy, make you feel fulfilled with the life you’re living right now, or when this ‘big thing’ happens. I sure know I do! I feel I could go in a few directions, become a photographer, finally write that photographic travel journal, or lets think even more crazy here! Since traveling through South East Asia I know how amazing my own beautiful country is, South Africa. I know we have huge tourism opportunities in the country and I would love to be a part of that process. I have have a few ideas lurking up my sleeve ๐Ÿ™‚

My problem though! Finding the time & the motivation! I have other goals, travel being probably the most all consuming passion in my life… I hate to say it but just about every decision I make these days is based on one question, ‘Will it get me closer to being on an airplane to a new exotic country?’ I digress though ๐Ÿ™‚ I work full time, come home tired, make dinner & often find that the evening has largely slipped away. I know you can relate! You’re stressed from a rough day, traffic sucked, and its that time of year to sort out your taxes. What little time of your evening you do have left probably goes to getting a little RnR which involves an Episode of GOT, Hannibal or House of Cards. I know, I know, famous authors have written books whilst studying or raising kids and kudos to them, but whats their secret? I know it can’t happen to everyone but imagine the difference it would make if you knew you were busy writing the next Harry Potter, or filming the next viral Nike advert? You just can’t know that and so I ask you, where do you get the motivation to keep pushing on. Do you go at it like Dory from Finding Nemo? Just keep swimming?

Just Keep Swimming

Okay! You’ve got the idea, you’ve found that crack of time in your mad busy routine. What next? Load up on coffee and pull an all night’er like some of the great thinkers of our time? I sadly need my 8hrs sleep to keep myself functional at work each day. How then do we balance a distraction free environment in such a way that we can maximize concentration and effectiveness during this incredibly valuable piece of time you have just cleared up? I need music, it makes my flat not feel so empty. Do you shut down twitter, close facebook, turn off wifi & 3G on your phone? Okay… nailed it, no one can distracted you! What about your own brain? So easy to be distracted by household chores, the dishes, etc.

Great Thinkers
So not to get all profound and crazy deep on you, but I guess you have to ask what is important to you, in your life. I for sure have not completely figured that out, and crazy thing is I suspect no one ever does, I suspect that older we get the more jaded we become and simply loose focus. Horrible thought ๐Ÿ™ I am desperately grabbing at straws, clawing the wall but oddly enough my claws are not gaining any traction. We all have unique circumstances, take for example my brother. He lives in New Zealand runs a wholesale company back here in South Africa and travels so often, to cycling events, it sickens me! However recently he’s had a child and he finds himself like me in a much more regular 8-5 lifestyle… it what fits with his life & his circumstances. I however own no property, everything I currently posses fits in my car boot! Why? The 3D animation industry is fickle, jobs come & go and stability is nearly unheard of. You’re doing well if you’ve been in a stable position for 14 months and you must be a god if you’ve been permanently employed. This all fits with my goals… but again I digress.

Whats your trick? What are your thoughts?

1 Comment

  1. I’ll answer the easy one first: concentration gets worse with age. I can feel it slipping and can’t stop it, unless I put some music on.

    As for motivation and inspiration, those can be challenging to find. Sure, there are lots of inspiring things around, but what will actually inspire you to do something? And then you need the motivation to keep doing it. They key I’ve discovered at work (for myself) is that I’ve never had the same job anywhere I’ve been employed. I’ve always managed to find a position that builds on or loosely relates to the stuff I’ve done before, but it’s never the same. That way I’m always learning and trying new things, while getting paid ๐Ÿ˜‰ It keeps my job interesting and therefore stimulating. Also, I get to find new sources of inspiration and new methods of motivation to support those.

    It’s easy to feel inadequate when comparing yourself to what other people have accomplished at the same age. It’s bloody annoying actually. But, you will have had experiences they haven’t and stories to tell that they can’t. It’s awesome that you have goals and things you want to do, and that’s the best possible starting point. Without that, inspiration becomes fleeting and motivation is kinda pointless. Because you have a direction, you’ve already solved most of the problem ๐Ÿ˜‰

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