How to Cultivate Psychological Momentum After a Year of Standing Still

It helps to understand the science of success

Kelli María Korducki
Forge

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I never thought I’d say this, but the impending return to “normal” life is stressing me out.

For some people, the pandemic has freed up time to learn new skills and invest in hobbies. For me, it’s been a year of feeling thwarted: The sense of taking two steps forward and one step back, over and over again. The book proposal I’ve been working on for longer than I care to admit has been “almost done” for months. Whenever I begin to feel as though I’ve gotten back into the groove of creative confidence, I seem to slide back off the saddle.

At my darkest moments, I fear I’ve lost my writing mojo. I worry that when the pandemic finally ends, I will be playing catch-up from a year of lost momentum. What if I never get it back?

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Kelli María Korducki
Forge
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Writer, editor. This is where I post about ideas, strategies, and the joys of making an NYC-viable living as a self-employed creative.