Post University

Mind over motivation


I wonder how many people find everyday existence a continual battle. And I don’t mean in I want to end it all kind of way. I’m just curious as to whether its a common trait amongst graduates in their mid 20’s find themselves in a scrap for fulfilment.

Not to lower the tone with pessimistic viewpoints but I just wanted to ponder this thought as a means to go on.

I’m sure anyone reading this will be thinking, this guy needs help. I can assure you that depression is not an issue, but I appreciate the concern anyway. No the biggest ailment I find that plagues me, is frustration.

Interestingly, my beef isn’t necessarily against the many difficulties of life. Anyone who is familiar with some of my previous posts will know I like to have a bit of a rant about many of life’s problems. The dreary state of the economy and joys of job hunting have been the main victims subjected to the sharp end of my pen. Metaphorically speaking of course.

Believe it or not I actually feel at peace with the problems in society. And I think its because society never seems to change. I don’t have the spirit or inspiration for change like of a figure head such as Nelson Mandela had, for example, therefore I figure there’s not much I can change. Obviously I can make my voice heard through a vote, but lets not get tangled into political intricacies.

As a result I decided to focus on myself. And therein lies the problem.

Its ironic that aspects of my job require man management because I genuinely believe that looking after the best interests of No1 is by far the hardest task. And I’m not necessarily talking about the basic life principles. After all its our obligation to forge an existence for ourselves. No its the stuff after that. The next stage. Being able to better ourselves. This I think is the hardest task. And its one, no doubt, that we will ever stop pursuing.

So at this stage in my life, 3 years on from being thrust into life after uni, the fight against myself is in full flow. The main problem I have is that I’m hungry to succeed. I’m all to egger to stamp my mark on the world. And the biggest raging problem I face is the task of turning creativity into cash!

Ideas and inspiration emanate from me like a explosion. And it all comes in a short injection of energy. The problem is, all to often, trying to harness and nurture these brainwaves into tangible tracks is like trying to keep hold of liquid gold that is quickly seeping through the cracks. A near impossible task.

So after all to often giving in to my popped balloon syndrome, this is the time where I begin to fight the fire. The first step in starting this process was to establish the problem. And it was quite easy to label. Motivation. My dirty demon holding me back in life is motivation. Letting laziness sugar coat my productivity has resulted in restriction. And returning back to my opening statement, I wonder if anyone else feeling the fight is in fact being defeated by this little diva that is motivation.

If motivation doesn’t want to play, nor do you. If motivation doesn’t want a new job, a new car or a nice house, the unfortunate reality is that your not likely to get one either.

The lucky thing that I have discovered however, is that that you can persuade motivation to cooperate. But it isn’t easy. It’s very much a working progress for me and I just hope that I can get motivation to crack. And when that day comes I think it might just be that little bit easier to push through those doors of success.

So I have a plan. And this plan is focussed on setting targets, breaking these down into manageable goals and then offering an award for completion. Simple I know but so far it seems to be working. The only hurdle that does seem to be cause for concern at this stage however, is overcoming problems. Even the most organised, enthusiastic and innovative worker in the world can come undone by a problem. So this is my next challenge. Motivation doesn’t like problems, so I now need to find a way to make motivation strong enough to work through them.

Its going to be an interesting battle and one I certainly look forward to sharing with the world some time soon.

8 thoughts on “Mind over motivation”

  1. So many feels, bro. I’m two years out but can still relate – it’s good that you’ve made a plan though. That’s the first step to sorting your shit out. Following!

    1. Thanks. I’m glad you can relate. Yeh I think I needed a plan or else I will never get anything done! I wanted to check out your blog but I’m having trouble with the link. Is it live?

      1. I’m working on it behind the scenes mate, I’m somewhat of a perfectionist and want it to look exactly how I want it to before going live, haha.I’ll let you know when it’s ready though, I think we’ve been through a lot of the same shit.

      2. Just thought I’d let you know my blog is up and running now fella. It’s a little sparse for content right now but I intend to get it going soon. Hope you’re well!

      3. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I don’t blog anywhere near as much as i would like! Thanks for the heads up. i’ve checked out your page and its pretty cool! Just had a read of one of your blogs which i totally get. I particularly love the rocky quote! Funnily enough I am looking to start up a new blog, but want to make it a bit more like a website ie not plain and drab. As I say I like the template you have got. I would be most grateful for any pointers you may be able to give me to make it happen. Thanks.

  2. ah no worries mate, I’m the same. Yeh just send me the link when its ready. It’s good to hear that I’m not the only one going through shit after uni. I sometimes think it would awesome to be back!

    1. Well, the theme I used was actually a purchase-job. It’s called the X-Theme. Highly customisable though, will really make your blog stand out if you can get the viewers! If you can get a strong theme or logo going, coupled with good content and proper marketing you’ll get views.

      All I need to do is get mine more public, I’ve had one sub since I went live three weeks ago, haha. If you need help with the designing side though let me know!

  3. Yeh I thought that might be the case. I think that’s what I would be looking to do because I will want to include a logo/slogan etc. I do have some marketing skills, just not the budget for a proper website (at this stage). I’ve had a check on themes and the following your advice, the theme I found was called ‘personal’. Is this the one? It looks quite customisable. Thanks for the advice. I hope your new blog is getting you the hits you want.

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