This is typical of us many times. We have great ideas. These ideas may be greater than we ourselves can even imagine, but we don’t trust ourselves to finish. We don’t really believe we can do something great or invent something new. Because we don’t believe we can be great, we lose the energy that it takes to inspire us to keep going.
It takes energy to finish something. Energy isn’t always available to us, though. We get tired. There are times we are disappointed. Disappointment zaps our energy. The energy that it takes to finish something is much greater than most of us realize. Inspiration itself creates a certain amount of initial energy. What we don’t understand, however, is that the initial energy that comes with inspiration will not always be there. When that energy begins to subside is when we have a tendency to quit.
We don’t want to quit. It was not in our initial plan. If we quit, it is not because the original idea was not a good one. It is usually because the energy needed to finish the project goes away.
So how do we get that energy back? What is it we need to do to find the energy that it takes to finish the task that we have begun?
We need to look at the motivation behind why we started the task in the first place. Were we trying to impress our friends? If that is the case, the energy will wane once we get a pat on the back from our friends. Once we receive this recognition, we lose the ambition that is needed to finish the project.
Our energy has to come from something other than just wanting to impress others. There has to be something behind it that drives us, something that is fulfilling to us in our lives, not just something that gets us attention in the short run.