When you start something new there’s an initial period when it is all very exciting. In that mood it is easy to spend hours absorbed and full of endeavour. However, after this initial period of enthusiasm, energy can wane, interest subside or overwhelm set in.
The learning curve
Rather than slumping into a dejected heap, wondering what new thing to try next, how about following the learning curve just that bit further. You can see on this chart, that learning has different stages: an initial stage where learning can be slow, followed by a stage of greater understanding, where learning speeds up, and then a final stage of improvement – which tends to slow down as you reach your goal.
If progress still feels painfully slow or even that you are going backwards, it could be time to break your one goal into smaller chunks, each with it’s own learning curve. Taking the pressure off in this way, gives you the opportunity to continue afresh and to start moving forward again.
Staying motivated, being SMART
In order to stay motivated you need to feel some benefit, reward or fulfilment for the effort that you are putting in. What you spend your time on has to have a purpose behind it, be achievable and within a reasonable time scale. Working SMART is another way of planning out and succeeding at your goals and objectives for both your work and personal life.
New becoming natural
Once the new becomes more familiar, the next step is for it to become natural – a normal part of what you do. It’s at this point that if you’ve wanted to, for example, become more creative that you do so regularly. I am finding with my photography, that if I need an image, rather than searching for one on the internet, that I now start by looking to see if I have any suitable, and if not, I create a new one if I can. In other words, I’m reaching for my camera, practising using it for a purpose and, have the satisfaction of using the image, if it is suitable.
Blending the once new with your regular life and activities in this way, then helps it to become simply, what you do.
Over to you…how do you move from newness to naturalness? Is it easier with some skills or activities than others and if so, what makes the difference? Do share in the ‘Comment’ below 🙂