In terms of being motivated on Steemit I just focus on the positives, and engaging with people I have met, and reading what interests me.
In terms of Steem (the blockchain), I find it pretty easy to keep investing my time, as there are so many great dapps coming out: @dlike, @actifit, @steemhunt just to name a few! These dapps are revolutionising the way we invest our time, and many are issuing their own tokens, in the lead up to SMTS. This gives such an oppurtunity to diversify our portfolio.
I think that people get to stuck on just the blogging aspect, and forget to realise that there is a whole ecosystem here on the blockchain, and many different oppurtunities