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Developing Motivation Through Passion and Discipline

You might think you couldn’t seem to focus and accomplish something because you lack motivation and discipline, but if you have passion enough to do things, motivation is just secondary. Passion is a desire to improve yourself by accomplishing something you cannot in the past. Here are a few ways to gain motivation and momentum.

1. Start Something
Thoughts and ideas that get through your head while you are traveling to work, during work and when you’re eating your lunch or dinner could motivate you to do something instantly, but you fail to do it simply because you forgot about it. List it down, and then start something by the following day. The moment you start something, you gain momentum.

2. One Small Step Daily
Even if they’ve already had a start-up, when people find their progress slow, they stop and return to their previous routine. This should not be the case. One should look to a new thing as something new and small and on a daily basis, they should continue adding small steps to their new routine that would in the future become a normal component.

3. Leave Some for the Next Day
People often become impatient with their tasks that when they are “on fire” or having a surge of creativity or excitement, they put everything down on paper without exploring any alternatives just for the sake of finishing something. As a golden rule, anything rushed will turn into trouble or a faulty product. Leave some for the next day; you have more days to continue your task or routine that would further help you explore other options or at least meditate on your progress.

Creativity and Depression: How the Two Usually Interact

Creativity is innate in some people. But for some people who lack creativity, they might need inspiration. One thing that is innate in many humans is emotion. Humans are emotional creatures, but they have the ability to think and gauge their situation to make rational decisions. With emotion, even people who lack creativity, can be creative. With extreme emotion, one can be creative. One such strong emotion is depression.

When a person is depressed, one looks at a gloomy outlook towards the world. Depression is naturally caused by disillusion. Disillusion in a sense that things have changed undesirably for the person, or one of his or her dreams have been broken down to the point that it is virtually impossible to achieve. With this, a person develops a penchant for realism, cynicism and existentialism.

Creativity can develop in a depressed person if they find that they cannot do anything except to have their fingers and their bodies moving. Some people who become depressed can write songs. Others can paint and write stories about their experiences, or how they think things should be.

Depression can also be relieved by creativity. The creative product can serve as a mirror to the depressed, which can help them see their situation and realize what to do. This particular situation helps them develop both skill and grow themselves into better persons.

Depression also has its perks, but only if it does make a person creative. Extreme depression may not be as creative as it involves meaninglessness, death and severe malignancy, which can be fatal to the person and the people around him or her.

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