For those days where you’ve got nothing to give

Some days I’ve got nothing. No mojo. No motivation. No get up and go.

Today is one of those days.

I can’t concentrate, am easily frustrated by four year old questions of ‘why’ and protestations of ‘but’, and if I had my way, I’d go back to bed and sleep away the day.

But of course …  I don’t.

I sit at my desk and plug away. Just like I do every day.

And I am reminded that when you have big goals, it’s consistency that matters. Showing up Every. Single. Day. and doing some little thing that takes you a tiny bit closer to your big dream.

It’s coal-face stuff. Totally beige ‘one foot in front of the other’ stuff.

No magic bullets.

No secret sauce.

Zero glamour.

Is it weird that sometimes I find myself wishing consistency wasn’t so bloody effective?


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  1. says

    I’ve nearly stopped having days like that… and I think you’re right, consistency does matter…

    But, as you also say a lot, it’s also about habit and practice… for me, that’s been about making “not worrying – just doing” a habit…

    I was at my novel writing course last night – first night where some of my own writing was workshopped… on my home on the bus, one of the people on my course who hasn’t been workshopped yet asked me, “Were you nervous?”

    I thought about it, and realised I hadn’t been – that was a real surprise for me, someone who used to make worrying an Olympic event – it was then I realised that I don’t worry about things anymore – I just do things… this change in outlook has been a massive change in me over the past 6 months or so…

  2. says

    I love this! I can’t always do ‘enthusiastically passionate’ but consistency I can do. (and since I have, it’s been extremely effective). Thanks for the reminder!

  3. says

    Thank for the VERY timely reminder – I’m reading this as I lay in bed contemplating staying here all day!

    Thanks to you I shall show up instead (it just might be a little late today).

  4. says

    Way to make me bloody cry at work, Kel!
    I’m having one of those weeks, which really shits me because I thought this was the week I was going to turn over a new leaf and get into a good routine and be positive and sparkle and shine. Instead, I’ve copped criticsm, been feeling flat, frustrated and wishing I could hide from the world.
    Having read this post, I’m going to cut myself some slack. It’s only Tuesday. There are still several days left in the week. I can get myself back on track…

    • says

      Oh boo Son :( I hate that one crappy thing can knock our confidence so badly and make us feel so flat. I know exactly what you are talking about lovely.

      One foot in front of the other my friend … and you are right … lots more days left in this week!

  5. says

    I think I’m having one of those years, not just days.

    I’m tired from staying up late to get things done. I’m tired from getting up early to get to appointments.

    I’m tired even when I take time off but I keep plugging away because things won’t get done otherwise.

    • says

      Is there anything you are doing that is not taking you closer to where you want to be? Something you are doing because you’ve always done it, but when you think about it, is just an unnecessary time suck?

  6. says

    Oh yes. I totally relate today. I have to be up and about, ‘showing up’ for my 2 year old who is toilet training and getting on with all of the routine stuff that needs doing (off the back of a long weekend). I am going through some ‘stuff’ at the moment, but being consistent and there for my son is most important and comes first. Just plodding away and hoping it will bring my sanity back :)

    • says

      It will it will. It’s just annoying how long these things take sometimes :( But I tell myself ‘as long as I am moving forward, I am heading in the right direction’

  7. says

    I’m there too. I had to tell the boys to be quiet while I drove today so I could concentrate – too much toddler yelling! I will listen to thee, wise Kelly and just do something today. I have a list but if I can tick off one thing, that’s better than nothing! Thank you for the reality check as usual x

  8. says

    Oh Kel, I love this!! I’ve had a few days like this recently, feeling a bit flat and ordinary. My hubby often says the key to success is showing up!! So true! Love your work as always you amazing woman. A x x x x

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