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A Slow Return – On Goals and Motivation vs. Discipline

wp-15234643526051175877254.jpgHello everyone and thank you for remaining faithful over the long months in which I’ve been absent. The end of 2017 saw some pretty major life changes, and family losses, which, when coupled with the looming holidays, took me away from everything I held dear. Yes, even Bullet Journaling! Seriously guys, I didn’t journal or track anything
in November or December.

I entered 2018 hopeful though.  I was back to creating for swaps on Swap-Bot and mapped out my goals for the year – and yes,  I returned full force to Bullet Journaling too.  And then, I dislocated my left shoulder in a bad, bad way.As I healed, the two things I kept up with were my Bullet Journal and creating art for swaps (as best I could being that I’m left handed…).

Recently though, I’ve found myself somewhat adrift.  It’s April now and as I was reviewing my goals, I realized that I’m doing great with some, but others…I’m really blowing off, even though they’re important to me.

So I sat and thought about it for a while.  I wrote about it.  I turned it over and over in my head and decided to ask myself what I really wanted out of life.  You know…the light and easy questions!  What I realized at the end of this contemplative period is that I really want to focus on my goals.  All of them.  I want to realize and achieve them because they’re directly tied to my dreams.  Then I went back and looked at my “Theme” for 2018.  It’s the first page in my Bullet Journal and it’s pictured here.  “Motivation is Fleeting, Discipline is Not.”

What does that mean to me?  It means that having goals and ideas and dreams are great.  And being motivated here and there to work on them is good.  But motivation truly is fleeting.  We’ve all had those days where we just can’t be arsed to cook a healthy meal, or go to the gym, or work on that project.  That’s fine.  That’s being human.  Everyone needs a break.  But when one of those days turns to two, then three, then a week and the task keeps getting migrated, you’ve lost the motivation and lacking the discipline to do what you know needs to be done.

This site, and the ideas that are forming, are tied to my dreams.  When it was created, it was formed in a burst of motivation.  It requires discipline to keep going, but the reward will be well worth it.

I’ve recently started to make some sweeping life changes that will take some time to complete, but when they are done, they’ll give me the time, and the canvas, to create the content I need to see my goals – and dreams – to fruition.  So thank you for standing with me on this journey!


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