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What is a good method to not lose motivation when working on my passions?

I enjoy developing games, doing robotic projects and playing basketball; however, when I work on those, I tend to lose motivation whilst in the middle of either completing something or practicing.

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Steward "Tony"’s Answer

Oh Yes! I have been there too and it has caused some anxiety for me when I was younger as well. You may have an over abundance of mental energy going on. Much like the "Squirrel" syndrome many k-9's have.

For me, I joined the Marines and that cured me of whatever anxiety and boredom I had in my 20's. Focus on sports and career when I finally arrived home along with the MA training I recieved helped me start my career at IBM. So It's not going to hurt you to find some form of activity that will instill some dicipline. to put it mildly "Self Disipline"

Fortunately, I am not recruiting you for the USMC, but developing dicipline will be key in your pursuit of establishing future goals. I myself have studied many martial arts during my 40-year career, more recently (12-yrs) Wing Chun Gung Fu. Which I must say, is a blessing as it helps one focus on a centerline methodology, where you develop a simultanious offence and defence mindset, without all the flash & stylish moves as in other arts. The practice and its methedology also can be used in business, school, and in everyday life as itb is based on life.

I am retired now, but my life would have been chaotic without that direction, for I too have a "Squirrel" mindset and love doing many things but get bored as well. but in my defense, now I finish, because my martial arts always brings me back to the centerline.

Steward "Tony" recommends the following next steps:

Look up schools and speak with a sifu/sensei about developing focus and disipline. The skill will come when that is achieved but your projects will be blessed by your training.
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Nicolas’s Answer

Make sure you don't lose motivation until you are at your peak potential. I see it difficult to lose motivation until I have reached my peak potential. We should strive to be the best and that can come at different times throughout your life. For example, you might be good now, real good in your twenties, and then the best in your thirties. I believe you can have a lifetime of always setting new milestones, and be proud of the accomplishments a long the way. Only you are your best self, so don't get discouraged half way through. Rather look at it this way and say, "Wow, this time around I was really doing good at.." And identify a specific part of your practice that was good, and then identify what you need to work on, and continue the next round. Your identifying can be a list of two or three things of good and bad.

Nicolas recommends the following next steps:

Practice practice
Make a list
Identify good and bad
Work on it next time
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Caitlyn’s Answer

Make sure your self-care is on-point:
- Healthy food (little or no processed food out of a box, and little to no fast food),
- Daily exercise, meditation practice,
- 3-4 liters of water daily,
- Minimal caffeine and one or two servings of alcohol per week at most,
- 7-8 hours of sleep every day.
- Also, take 20 minutes breaks every 2 or 3 hours and go for a quick walk.
- Take an hour each day to do something fun, too.

If you do these things, and you're working on things you love, you won't burn out.
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PwC’s Answer

Set small goals in order to help you reach your bigger goals. Just remember for who you started and why you started.
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If you lose motivation focus on yourself or something else for an hour, give yourself a break before returning to your work.
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