“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are
doing, you will be successful.”–Albert Schweitzer
“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” —Anonymous
I believe both of those sentiments. An empowering question, then, is “How can I get this done and enjoy the process?” I’ve been playing with that idea the past week. A number of chores have piled up while I was working on my web and video projects, and it’s time to face them. So what to do when you don’t feel motivated and are in a low-energy state?
In this case taking a bit of a break was the first step. I’ve been doing a lot, and it’s time to recharge my batteries. At the same time, those unfinished chores are starting to nag at me. So I’m taking it easy and am also starting to build some momentum by getting a little bit done each day. Having a “Possibility List” works well for me. It’s just a list of things I could be doing. There’s no should involved, it’s just a list to consider. The trick is to break the chores down into small enough steps that none of them are onerous. So I just pick something that “speaks” to me and get a feeling of accomplishment so I can enjoy my playtime.
I know from experience that I can trust the process. When the time is ripe my enthusiasm will come back, and I’ll start getting more done each day. And I’ll be doing it because I want to, not because I have to. For me that makes all the difference.