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XmasBoy

Lack of Motivation

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I learned about Light-O-Rama on Christmas Eve last year and quickly decided that having my own show would be something I definately wanted to do. I've been working on my show on and off since then, and I have steadily lost motivation, mainly with sequencing. Part of my brain is telling me that "thanksgiving is getting closer and closer" and the other saying "it's August, why are you working on Christmas?"

I'm sure others have had this as well, anyone have any advice or words of wisdom?

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Yeah i have the same problem. Thing is we all have daily things we have to do first and with it being august like ya said things get put on the back burner. BUT if you really want some motivation! I can stand over ya with a crowbar and keep you in your seat until your done j/k :) I have same problem though i mean theres more important things in our lives then blinking lights. Dont get me wrong here i want mine done too but... One tips i have learned over the years is WALK AWAY!!!! and do not think about it for a awhile and your get up and go attitude will come back. Slow and steady wins the race right? LIttle at a time :) One more thing you dont want to get burned out on it then its no fun anymore so dont try and solve the mysteries of the universe in one day. Relax

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I can easily cure your lack of motivation. Send me your controllers. There, now doesnt' that take to pressure off?

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I can easily cure your lack of motivation. Send me your controllers. There, now doesnt' that take to pressure off?

Don't worry, when Thanksgiving comes around I'll be bouncing off the walls about my display just like every other year. This is just the first year I've had to prepare months in advance, and motivation coming back in November will probably be too late.

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Putting up a Christmas display is like every other big project in life. Do a little every week so when the delivery date (Thanksgiving) rolls around your not stuck with trying to work on it and everything else all at once. The more I do now the better my display will be and the less stressed out I will be come November.

Hang in there and remember, this should be fun.

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Two things I do to help me stay modivated:

Find a friend that enjoys the same hobby as you do and you have a chance to talk "shop" and think of new ways to do your display (some of my best friends are also in my "christmas freak club" (term of enderment my wife has given our little group). That helps you stay modivated to the task as you see someone else besides you that has the same desires and for a lack of a better word "sickness". Second has already been stated, but slow and steady. Do a little when you want to, the more the weather starts to turn to fall the more excitement you will have to do sequencing and work on your display. To be honest most of the sequencing I do is done from late August until October. Key early is to decide your layout and what you want to do. If you have a good plan on the display the rest just seems to come together for me at least.

It also helps I have a video of my boy dancing at about age 3 to the music during one of the shows that reminds me why I do this every year (he is 5 now). He also has LED's in his room that he turns on as a night light every night so guess its turned into a family event anymore which does help alot also and yes my wife also is involved in the display and very supportive. :)

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Hi Xmasboy,

I posted about this awhile back, and how this has helped me with some mid-year motivation...

We have a "guestbook" out by our mailbox and we encourage our guests to sign in and give us comments and suggestions, etc. about the display. I would highly suggest this, because your guests will write some very motivational and inspiring comments in the guestbook that will keep you going all year long...Then I take some of the best comments and scan them in to post on our website...In 2009, I scanned in two pages of visitor comments (link below)....

http://www.belardolights.com/2009reaction.html

There's the story of a serviceman who was in Iraq in 2008 and his wife sent him videos of our display when she was missing him at Christmas. In 2009, he came back and wrote in our guestbook something like "It sure is great to be standing here seeing the display in person with my family"...Gets me every time!!!!

There's lots of motivational things that I've captured from our book, in fact, too many great comments to include them all...But you get the idea....I just focus my thoughts on the kids and the community, and it helps to keep me going...This year's display is going to be great, and I can hardly wait to get it going (although we still have more work to do....)

I hope that helps....Randy

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I'm not sure where you are in the "SouthEast" - but this weekend (08/28) is the ChristmasCarolina.com Convention at the Carl Meck Center in Mooresville, NC, near Charlotte.

Details here, along with the live video stream

http://www.christmascarolina.com/forums/content.php/29-live-webcast

Some times things like this will help with motivation.

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You can always use sequences from LORsequences.com as a base for your show. If sequencing is getting you down, find one you like there and modify it for your application. It can take hours off your programming.

good luck

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I think the OP owes Dale $4...

It's very time consuming to have to look back to figure out what you are talking about. Keep up the good work!

As to motivation, if it's not fun, don't do it. Or only do the parts that are fun and that you enjoy. For me, I like lights. Lots of lights. I mostly do the dislpay for me, the tourists are a by-product. My display is mostly static so that I can look at the lights. I program some lights just for the experience. Think about why you do a display, what you really like, and build from there.

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Thanks for the responses and advice. I have been doing static/Mr. Christmas displays my whole life, and when I have motivation, I love soldering and building my controllers. Sequencing is just a big headache for me, and I am a perfectionist, which is extremely frusturating in the sequencing area. I have looked briefly into sequences on Lorsequences.com and while there are abundances of sequences, I have more of a unique style for my yard/house to deal with the extremely small front yard that I have to work with, so finding a sequence to fit that and the RGW style is difficult. I will probably take sequences from there for timings though.

I like the ideas of watching videos of other displays to get in the mood, that sounds like something that will help me.

Basically, I'm just in a tough place right now. I love decorating with christmas lights, and I'm sure that LOR will be worth it in December, and definately next year when I have more experience, it's just sequencing frusturating me. I guess I will get over it soon with the lighting season fast approaching.

I'm not sure where you are in the "SouthEast" - but this weekend (08/28) is the ChristmasCarolina.com Convention at the Carl Meck Center in Mooresville, NC, near Charlotte.

Details here, along with the live video stream

http://www.christmascarolina.com/forums/content.php/29-live-webcast

Some times things like this will help with motivation.

I'm a little too far from there, but I appreciate the suggestion.

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There are people here on PC that will do your sequencing for you for money. If you can afford it, that sounds like it would remove the primary display task that is hurting your motivation.

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