We all get burned out in life. You get to a point where you don't care to move forward, what's the point? You don't see the benefit of continuing as it feels hopeless, you will never get where you are trying to go. This is the exact point where it is most important to push forward. Push through the burn out. Your goal, your reward, and your destination is right on the other side. Pushing through is the difference between greatness and mediocrity. Any professional athlete, successful businessman, fitness trainer, or anyone who has achieved anything worth while will tell you the same thing. If you never pushed through the burn out you will never achieve your goal. Your reward is right on the other side.
In my journey my burn out was much longer than I ever could have imagined. I was having problems with my glaze. So basically the very last step in my process, after I have done all the other work. There are a number of reasons why this can happen and I was loosing hours / days / weeks / and months worth of work while trying to figure it out why it was happening to me. It was discouraging to say the least. I mean what is the point to continue making work when in the end it all ends up in the garbage?
I tried new glazes, I increased the temperature of the firings, I decreased it. I changed my ventilation. I filled my kiln more, filled it less. Added minerals to my glaze, cleaned all pieces before applying the glaze. Nothing helped, and I mean nothing. I was burned out and didn't know where to go. But every night I still went to work as hopeless as it seemed, I made myself do something, keep working, keep moving forward. I have to get through this, their has to be an answer. I did get through it, it turned out to be an issue with the clay I was using. I have used this type of clay for years with no problems and now anything I made with it was ruined.
It was actually a friend of mine who knows nothing about pottery who was listening to my heartache that suggested I try a different clay. She said I have tried changing everything else so why not. Well if she wasn't right, it was my clay. I was so grateful to find an answer and solution to my problem but devastated at the same time as none of my work could be saved. I was battling all this while trying to get my website up and running. I could have easily have given up at any time, but I saw the end goal and even through I was burned out I refused to give up. I knew what I wanted, and I was determined to get there.
Through all of this, my work started to take a different direction, a better direction I believe. I used this as my bright side to everything, my fuel to move forward. I hope you agree when using my pots.
I believe this is the same for anything in life that is worth having. If it is important to you, don't give up. Push through the burn out, your goal is just on the other side, then set a higher goal and repeat.
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