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Staying Inspired: Keeping Motivated and Positive

Keeping yourself motivated, positive and inspired can be tough and quite honestly, there will be moments when the bottom seems to fall out of your boat and you’re pretty sure that there is no way back to the surface.

This week I put a request out to my lovely readers to feedback on how they keep themselves motivated, inspired and positive. The post idea came about thanks to a conversation I was having with a fellow blogger, Deepina Pal from over at The Untraceable Girl.How she keeps herself going?

A lot of things in my life have kept me inspired and motivated. But to be brutally honest, all of them didn’t last long. If there is something that has kept me inspired and motivated all this time, then it is myself.
The way I see it, I find inspiration from the beautiful and healthy life that i have pictured for myself and the ones around me. And what keeps me motivated is the hunger to get better every single day. Grow everyday. Excel a little more every day. I need to get better every day. Better than the person i was yesterday or even a minute ago. Being this new person has helped me reach my goals. “Life is like riding a bicycle, you don’t all off unless you plan to stop pedaling.”
No matter how different your portrait of life is, just keep moving ahead to make it reality. Don’t plan for a normal life. Instead, plan for the most abnormal life and by abnormal i mean nothing less than extraordinary. Sounds stupid, but trust me when I say this, you shall get what you desired for in the end.
You are the most powerful source of inspiration and motivation for yourself. Work hard, stay inspired and motivated, believe in your strengths. Please yourself and make the best out of the one life you have got. After all, you owe yourself a life.:)

The post seemed to really attract people’s attention and we had some fantastic responses from bloggers willing to share their stories on staying positive.

What keeps me motivated is reaching the goal, whether it’s 3000 words in a day or the end goal of completing the first draft, the goals help to push me along. Besides that I know that even if whatever I am working on isn’t Pullitzer Prize winning material, every project is a step along the way to better storytelling, obviously the sooner it happens the better:) I keep in mind the bigger picture and the smaller one and sometimes look around for inspiration whether it’s an author interview or a blog post, anything to keep me driven and focused.

Lion Around Writing

What keeps me motivated, inspired, and positive:

Some days it’s as simple as the excitement of a new idea, the excitement of not knowing what that seed is going to bloom into. Sometimes, it’s catching a glimpse of the sunset and staring in awe at the breathtaking colors, or hearing a passing lyric of an old favorite song.

On the days when it’s harder to be inspired by all the little moments in life, on the days when it’s harder to find the beauty in the world, I find motivation by reminding myself that it’s okay not to be positive all the time, that it’s okay to get angry or sad and it’s okay to crumple up something that’s not working, step away and take a deep breath. I remind myself that it’s not about meeting deadlines; it’s about writing what makes me happy and living the life that makes me happy.

And that, to me, is the ultimate motivator, inspiration & positive thought.

Jade M Wong

When I need motivation & inspiration?
I read, voraciously. The good inspires me to do better, the bad convinces me that I can, the variety educates, entertains and inspires me, and the volume of it – well, it’s that feeling when you walk in a library or a bookstore: the shelves are full, the tables are stacked high, you can smell the paper and you just want to be a part of it. Even if it’s only for a sentence😉

Catherine M James

What keeps me motivated, inspired, ?
Time – and NOT a lot of it! Procrastination is the biggest motivation killer for me. It’s incredible what I can fit into a short space of time that ISN’T vacuuming. Give me a straight run of six hours in the house and I’ll most definitely squander the first five.
Aside from that, attending regular workshops or courses in ANYTHING creative and treating my creativity as I would any other work. Finally, creating in a creative environment with other creative people is the most potent fuel for inspiration and motivation.

Kittykatmandoo

Just listen.

Edgbert Starr

Every week I have moments where I feel my own motivation wavering and I wonder if I am making the right choices with writing and blogging. Sometimes it can feel like you are yelling into the void or crawling along a path with no end in sight. Comments like the one from SummitOffical always cheer me up and remind me that there are people out there appreciating what I’m writing. In life we need people who will give us a kick up the backside when we start slipping so as well as keeping yourself motivated it’s a good idea to find people who will cheer you on as well.

You’re posts are always motivating.

Summit Official

So to finish, my tips for staying positive, motivated and inspired.

Inspiration needs to be worked for. If you wait around for it, it will pass you by in a flash. Go out and chase down the ideas and wrestle them onto the page.

At the start of each week lay out what you want to achieve and at the end of each week, go over what you have managed to get done. Even if you haven’t completed the whole list, be proud of things you have got finished. Making a start means you part way there.

Carve out time in your day. Find a time to work at what you want and don’t let anything come between you and finding time. If you feel like you’re too busy then planning is key. Note it in your calendar, your diary, or even your phone, the thing is to find the time somewhere.

Most importantly, keep going, one foot in front of the other. It might take you a while to get to your goals but giving up will never get you there. Everything takes work.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this post. If you missed out on getting your tips and tricks in then you can still leave them in the comment section below. Please take the time to check out the lovely bloggers who took the time to contribute, they all left such fantastic comments and I really appreciate them taking the time.

Thank you for reading.

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Carol Forrester is a twenty-three year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.

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