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Q&A: How To Maintain Enthusiasm

Q&A: How can I maintain my enthusiasm through projects

Question: “Hi Tomas, I always start my projects with enthusiasm but struggle to maintain momentum. Any advice?”

You’ve touched on a common challenge many of us face, so let’s dive into it.

❓WHY

Ever wonder why that initial buzz of starting something new fades away?

It’s partly because of how our brains are wired. The beginning of a new project is exciting because it’s filled with possibilities and novelty, which our brains love.

However, as the novelty wears off and challenges or the monotony of the work set in, our motivation can wane.

This shift happens because the dopamine rush we get from something new decreases, and we have to rely more on our discipline and less exciting, though steady, forms of motivation.

🎯 WHAT

The trick to overcoming this slump is to find ways to sustain your motivation beyond the initial excitement.

This involves setting clear goals, finding your deeper “why” for the project, and incorporating variety to keep things fresh.

Essentially, you’re trying to outsmart your brain by keeping the project appealing and rewarding in the long term.

⚙️ HOW

Here are a few practical steps to help maintain momentum on your projects:

1️⃣ Set Small, Achievable Milestones:

Breaking your project down into smaller, manageable parts can help maintain a sense of progress and achievement. Celebrating these small wins can provide regular doses of dopamine, keeping you motivated.

2️⃣ Remind Yourself of the ‘Why’:

Regularly remind yourself why you started the project in the first place. This can be a powerful motivator, especially when the going gets tough. Whether it’s personal growth, the potential impact of your work, or another deep-seated reason, keeping your ultimate goal in mind can push you through the drudgery.

3️⃣ Introduce New Challenges or Skills:

Adding new aspects to your project or learning new skills as you go can reintroduce the novelty and excitement that fueled your initial enthusiasm. This approach keeps the brain engaged and curious.

4️⃣ Create a Routine and Stick to It:

Discipline often trumps motivation. By setting a regular schedule for working on your project, you can make progress even when you’re not feeling particularly inspired. Over time, this discipline becomes a habit, making it easier to keep going.

5️⃣ Find a Support Network:

Having people to share your progress with can significantly boost your motivation. Whether it’s friends, family, or an online community, a support network can offer encouragement, advice, and accountability.

⏱️ NOW

Start by taking a moment to reflect on why you began your current project. What was that spark? Reconnect with that feeling and jot down the core reason behind your commitment.

Then, break down your project into a small task you can accomplish today or this week.

Achieve it, celebrate it, and let that small win fuel your next step. It’s all about building momentum one step at a time.

Keep pushing forward, and remember, persistence is key.

You’ve got this!

Tomas

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