I was talking to someone recently about what motivates us. Some people seem to derive their motivation from others, while some gather it from within themselves. I can't help but notice that it seems to be connected to whether or not we are introverted or extraverted. Those of us that spend our lives lost in our own thoughts gather our energy by playing with ideas or reliving our emotions. The people that are more outward thinking seem to get their drive from "doing" and from dealing with others. I don't have a degree in Psychology, but I believe Jung would agree with me.
For years I've been a highly motivated person. I think this was mostly because of my desire to take my imagination and materialize it. It pushed me. Over the last year however, I've gone through what can only be called a change of priorities. It has affected me. I've stop producing as much as I used to. Has this change of priorities robbed me of my motivation, or has it simply caused me to divert my energy to other tasks? It is difficult for me to say for sure. I certainly feel like I need to put energy into other aspects of my life. I know I've avoided addressing parts of my life in the past.
This weekend I felt energized. Strangely, it seems this new found sense of motivation came from dealing with others and not from exploring my own thoughts. Maybe this behavior is a sign of shift in my personality from introverted to extraverted. Maybe it is merely a coincidence. Regardless, I've tried to capitalize on this phenomenon as much as I can. I've gotten a great deal done this weekend; I got some much needed banking done, did my laundry, worked on a freelance project, hung out with my friends, met some new ones, reconnected with some I haven't spoken to in awhile, watched a good movie, finished a good book, and most impressively... cleaned my whole apartment.