Passion and Motivation

If we’ve got passion for doing or accomplishing something, then the motivation to follow through on the project naturally accompanies the passion right?

Not so fast. Once we embark upon a venture that fires us up and we’ve figured out a platform for launching it and a productive way to make some waves, why do we then sometimes find ourselves increasingly more uninterested and unmotivated? And why does energy turn into drudgery the closer we get to the reality of realizing the goal?

motivationBecause…. starting something new is fresh, promising, full of vim and vigor, and breaks the rhythm of an otherwise daily routine that has lost its luster. But then… the novelty wears off and we come face to face with the reality of doing the actual work, which is scary because change is risky.

Change directs us from what we know and are sure about to what we don’t know and fear. So we talk ourselves out of the new venture and rationalize that it wasn’t such a good idea in the first place. We stay put, where it’s safe, familiar and cozy.

And concluding that all you have to do is find the motivation to rekindle the passion is another dead end road, because if you’re not motivated any longer by the project before you right now, the odds are very unlikely that you’ll find a better promised land where there is no fear.

Passion and motivation wax and wane in all of us, the key is to find the resolve to keep pushing on toward the goal by just taking the next right step…and then the next…and then the next.

Joseph Wegmann, R.Ph., LCSW is a licensed clinical pharmacist and a clinical social worker with more than thirty years of experience in the field of psychopharmacology. His diverse professional background in psychopharmacology and counseling affords him a unique perspective on medication management issues. In addition to consulting with numerous psychiatric facilities, he has presented psychopharmacology seminars to thousands of clinicians in 46 states.

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