Let me guess, you’ve been trying to create more content for your blog, social media page, or just for yourself, but somehow you can’t seem to do it. It’s not that you lack the ideas. Those keep coming! And yet, you can’t seem to motivate yourself to just bring to life those visions. Reality is that you’re not alone. At one point or another, every single content creator will feel like this. And I am no exception to that. But that’s why I’m writing this piece. To show you how to motivate yourself to create more content! Here some of the things that have helped me get out of those ruts!

 

1-Don’t finish it.

That’s right. Don’t finish it. Just start it. The brain is a wonderful thing. One of the most complex organs in the body. Capable of handling hundreds of tasks at once in both the conscious and subconscious level. And yet, it is extremely easy to trick your brain into doing something it doesn’t want to do. For example, remember that one time you deep-cleaned your room? Did you tell yourself you would clean the whole thing or did start by just picking up a few items on the floor and next thing you knew your house smelled like fresh pines from the mountains in Colorado? I thought so! And the thing is that motivation can be tricked the same way! Instead of trying to do the whole thing at once, regardless of what your project is, tell yourself you’re only going to start it. Before you know it, you will have finished the entire thing.

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2- Procrastinate..

When I say you should procrastinate, I kind of mean that. You see, this tip will closely relate to the previous one in the sense that you’re going to trick yourself into doing something. How, you ask? By setting a short deadline, and repeat that deadline in your head before you do anything else. You need to give that deadline a sense of importance. Perhaps even consequences if you miss it. For example, I’m writing this blog because I made a promise to myself that I would post an article at least once a week. My deadline is Friday. My consequence to fail on my promise is that it will take me longer to retire (I’ll elaborate on this part on the next tip). Bottom line is that by setting those short deadlines, I trick my brain into a sense of urgency that motivates me into actually getting to it. A feeling that most of us experience all that time for one reason or another. Whether it is because of a school project, or by doing your TPS reports. If you know you’re a procrastinator, like myself, then don’t let that defeat you. Use that and make it work for you.

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3- Stress About It…

Okay, I’m sure that by now you’ve noticed that I’m using catchy titles for each tip, even though I’m going to say something opposite to it. This is no exception to that rule. But let’s make one thing clear. Stress can be a good thing if you know how to control it. Different people will work differently under stress. I work well under stress. In fact, I thrive under stress or tough situation. And a lot of people do as well. It’s based on the basic human nature to fight or flight. Well, I’m a fighter, and if you are too, then you need to learn how to control your situations to motivate you. On the last tip, I talked briefly on the subject of setting consequences for failing to meet deadlines. In my case, my consequence to fail to write an article or post at least once a week will lead to uncertainty in my financial well being for retirement in the future. Because this website is more than just a blog. It’s part of my business. And with each article or post I write, I increase the amount of content I have on the site. And more pages mean that I have more chances of being found on the internet. And more chances of being found on the internet mean that I could potentially attract more clients to hire me for a video or photo project. Your situation is not all that different than mine. At the end of the day, we both have a similar dream. To be self-sufficient and to make a living doing the things we love doing. Not working a 6 to 6 (or 8 to 5 if you’re not a millenial). So remember that each photo you don’t take, each video you don’t edit, each canvass you don’t paint, or each page of your book you don’t write will surely lead to nothing.

Photo Credit: Eddie Rod -Model: Marie's dog, Casie

4- Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

More simple said than done, right? Well, kind of. Stepping outside of your comfort zone doesn’t have to be this huge jump in your lifestyle. Take it in small steps and find what works best for you. Because when people hear this tip, they immediately think of the things that scares them most, like talking to an attractive person, or balancing their checkbook, and get turned off by the idea almost immediately and don’t actually do anything about it. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Instead of making this huge lifestyle change, make small ones. Like going to a different coffee shop that you typically go to. Take a different route home. Wear something ugly that will get people’s attention so they’re the ones starting the conversation with you since you still can’t talk to others first. The thing about change is that more than often it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and small actions to get where you want to be. That's the power of exponential interest.

Think about it from this angle.

If you ate one hamburger today make you overweight tomorrow? No.

If you did ten pull-ups today, would you be ripped tomorrow? No.

But what would happen if you did ten pull-ups every day for the rest of your life? sooner or later, you will be able to lift yourself with ease every day. And yes, the same will happen if you eat one burger every day. Before you know it, you will be overweight.

But that’s the power of interest. It grows with time. You don’t have to make one big change to get where you want to be. You just have to make at least one small change on a regular basis. Those changes will add up, and before you know it, you will be outside of your old comfort zone.

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5- Lower Your Standards And Don’t Think About It

This is perhaps the most important tip I will share with you. This is something that has taken me years to learn, and to understand. As a content creator, I tend to be extremely harsh on myself. I used to hate all of my projects because they were not good enough. Which would lead to me not posting an article, or taking photos, or editing videos. That type of mentality always lead to a state of self-depreciation. A state that is pretty hard to escape. A rut, if you wanna call it that. However, with the help of some friends, I have come to realize that those ruts are all in my head. The reason you don’t like your projects is because you’re the expert in your field. You know better than anyone else of the imperfections and mistakes on your projects. Details so little than no one else but you will notice. This is the reason many of us stop and wonder if what we are doing is even worth it. This is also the same reason many successful people are successful despite the fact you’re better than they are in certain fields. While it is true that you may be better than them at what they do, they are the ones thriving because they don’t think their work is bad. They take pride on everything they do. Even if what they do is isn’t good. I mean, you know what they say. Ignorance is bliss.

But can you be blissed and informed at the same time? Yes, but you’re gonna have to learn to appreciate what you do and be okay with the fact that there will always be mistakes or imperfections in what your work. You’re gonna have to understand that nobody is perfect. Not even you. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you will appreciate what you do even more. And in contrast, you will stop hitting those motivational ruts.

 

I hope these tips are able to help you in some sort of way. Leave a comment if you learned something new, or you have more tips to add to the list! And don’t forget to subscribe to our feed to stay up to date on more future posts and articles!

 

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