Very soon the foliage on the trees will turn shades of yellow, orange and red, before fading to brown. Leaves will flutter to the ground, creating a rich woodland carpet with that deliciously distinct scent of pine and damp earth.
|Autumn at Calke Park - Maria A Smith|
Thoughts turn to spending cosy evenings in, and outdoor activities will be put on hold until Spring. The lure of a roaring fire in the log burner, and a steaming mug of hot chocolate is already conjured up in my writers mind.
As we hibernate in our homes, how will you look at your work with renewed energy and interest?
I've learnt over time that its very hard to constantly find ways of staying motivated. We must refuel regularly and not let the tank run dry.
I'm assuming you already have the desire to achieve your chosen goal, write more short stories, get on with the novel, enter competitions, or maybe pitch some articles, whatever, but maybe you're a little like me, you can't take the right actions for a consistent enough time, and therefore you aren't completing your goals? So before you do anything perhaps what you need to do is recharge.
If you've found your motivation has faded, its probably your bodies way of telling you to take it easy. Have a break from writing. Stop pushing yourself so hard, and get a good nights sleep, or better still get two or three.
Book a day away. Go for a picnic in the park, a long walk, and enjoy the changing season, or enrol on a workshop for the day, do something totally different. Learn to knit, make chocolates, bake a cake, or paint with watercolours. Whatever, you chose, make a day out of it.
Afterwards, come back to your desk, sit down, and write your goal down. Next, write down the reason why you want to achieve.it. Then make sure you connect with your reasons often. Look at the reason daily and commit it to mind.
How will you find your motivation to go into Autumn?