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What motivates you?

By on Jul 23, 2012 in Motivation | 18 comments

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I was wondering…

I know…This question takes more thought than “what’s distracts you” but it’s worth the energy to answer.

I really want to know….

18 Comments

  1. Linda Ursin

    July 23, 2012

    Having the time and energy to be creative

  2. ProNagger

    July 23, 2012

    Nice answer, Linda.

  3. Glenda Pitts

    July 23, 2012

    My family, my church, my grandbabies…:-)

  4. Ginny Herzog

    July 23, 2012

    Doing mostly art fairs to market my work, I have the opportunity to meet the people who are curious about my work or who admire and respect what I do. Their words of appreciation for my vision and interpretation of the architectural subject matter inspires me to return to the studio and to create new work.

  5. Kim Beckers

    July 23, 2012

    Great question. I am motivated by my pursuit to be all I can be in life and living my life purpose. I am also highly motivated by my kids, I want to be a strong role model for them and want to teach them right from wrong and be of service to others.

  6. Ruth

    July 23, 2012

    I recently had a roommate in my usually solo office, which made me realize that I actually work much better, more effectively with a pleasant collaborator or teammate nearby. I can zip through my clutter if someone sits and keeps me company, without judgment. That’s why I like your online checkins…for me, it’s not needing a once-a-week strategy session or a once-a-day check in (great helps, those, but only part of what works for me); my soul is (honestly) craving having someone here ALL the time to…frankly…just keep me company, encourage me, keep me from drifting off into surfing or irrelevancy. Sometimes I feel like I could conquer the world if I had a sidekick (not my dear husband, who is very supportive but has his limits, not to mention his own work and art) there 24/7. If my husband didn’t have allergies, perhaps a dog would help, although not at work. It’s like I have a part of ME that’s missing, part spark plug, part brain, part heart, part a kick in the pants.

    That’s the truth. I’m looking hard at what I REALLY should be doing with my life and work, with some help, but in terms of what I want in the need-for-nagging department, that’s what I really want. ADD medicine has helped me tremendously to understand how I could be “so intelligent yet so stupid/careless” sometimes. But beneath it all is a need for “the other.” While as a creative artist I need privacy sometimes, my happiest work environments have been somewhat communal.

  7. Michelle Mahoney

    July 23, 2012

    I’ve decided that:

    1. I want to help 10,000 entrepreneurs create the 6-figure+ businesses of their dreams.
    2. I want to give away at least $1 million before I die.

    There are other things, and those are actually more specific, but I won’t bore you with the details. :-)

  8. Robert Chazz Chute

    July 23, 2012

    Praise, sex, chocolate, money, love and the tickle in my brain when I’m playing with ideas and words — not necessarily in that order.

  9. Scarlett

    July 23, 2012

    Going on a trip motivates me. I am going to visit my Mom in Florida on Thursday and I will get more done over the next three days, help!

  10. Jeff Cold

    July 23, 2012

    I’m not going to sugar-coat it, so here goes: MONEY. This is ironic since I do teach for a living, so I would also have to say that ego and expertise is a powerful motivator. Love and milk chocolate are on the list somewhere also.

  11. ProNagger

    July 23, 2012

    Scarlett,
    I often have clients imagine leaving on a trip as a way to focus their efforts. I bet you will be really productive the next few days. You also know after the hard work will be some fun. Keep that in mind. Down time supports your up time productivity.

  12. J'aime

    July 23, 2012

    I get motivated when the thing I want seems achievable.

  13. Taryn

    July 23, 2012

    What motivates me is looking for a solution to a problem. Kind of like a riddle. Knowing that there is a way to do something, but I have to research it, delve deep, find hints, and keep moving.

  14. sylvia

    July 23, 2012

    i get motivated when i get any type of praise for what i am doing. it doesn’t have to be specific or detailed…but just a good word like: ‘good idea’ or ‘that’s looking good’ or being told that i make a contribution to the group.
    I get motivated when i believe i can do it.
    i get motivated when i get focused and the words and ideas and answers just seem to come like a waterfall flowing into my brain and heart.
    i get motivated when i know and feel that i have done a good job even if i’m the only one who knows it.

  15. Eugenie Torgerson

    July 24, 2012

    Fulfilling what I see as my responsibility, seeking approval, and the pleasure of making things.

  16. laura

    July 24, 2012

    success breeds success. I’m motivated to get over the hump of inertia because I know everything will feel easier on the other side of it.

  17. mcb

    June 18, 2013

    Feeling competent. Having time to be with friends and family without distraction. Food, clothes, feeling like I’m actually contributing to society. Fear of failure or disappointing someone. Getting time to play around with my work and make it better and more creative. Time to think creatively (how i wish that happened more!)
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