What motivates you? by Rachel Z. Cornell 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…. Where would you like me to email you with all my innovative methods for staying focused, unstuck and engaged in your project? Email: 18 Comments Linda Ursin on July 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm Having the time and energy to be creative ProNagger on July 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm Nice answer, Linda. Glenda Pitts on July 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm My family, my church, my grandbabies…:-) ProNagger on July 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm Lovely, Glenda. Ginny Herzog on July 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm 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. Kim Beckers on July 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm 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. Ruth on July 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm 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. Michelle Mahoney on July 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm 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. 🙂 Robert Chazz Chute on July 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm Praise, sex, chocolate, money, love and the tickle in my brain when I’m playing with ideas and words — not necessarily in that order. Scarlett on July 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm 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! Jeff Cold on July 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm 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. ProNagger on July 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm 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. J'aime on July 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm I get motivated when the thing I want seems achievable. Taryn on July 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm 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. sylvia on July 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm 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. Eugenie Torgerson on July 24, 2012 at 8:03 am Fulfilling what I see as my responsibility, seeking approval, and the pleasure of making things. laura on July 24, 2012 at 10:51 am 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. mcb on June 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm 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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