Today is just one of those days. Feeling completely unmotivated to do much of anything, I’ve wandered over here, making it seem like I post way more often than I normally do.
As I take a break from forcing myself to work (because motivation is a rare and fleeting creature), I wonder exactly why it’s so difficult to get motivated. I’m not just talking about work, either, but about everything – writing, studying, exercising, dieting, etc. It’s tough, motivating yourself to do something that your brain just doesn’t want anything to do with in that particular moment. When I get like this, I try to think of the end result – of how good it feels when that goal is finally reached – when the assignment is done, when the number on the scale is the one I want, when the next chapter is complete. It works sometimes, and other times (read: most times) it doesn’t.
So, as I’ve done in the past, I’m posting this as a method of self-motivation, in an attempt to kick my ass into high-gear. Sometimes, we just need a reminder that we can do it. This is that reminder, for me, and for anyone who reads this post and could use a boost in their motivation, regardless of what it’s for.
All together now: We. Can. Do. It. Whatever “it” is.
Something that works for me, at least in the writing arena: reminding myself of past success – aka re-reading a piece I’m particularly proud of. In my case, my go-to is a short story I wrote for my creative writing class in college. Personally, I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written – and, though I’m super proud of the accomplishment that is Reckoning, this short story will forever be my favorite, and the best piece of literature I’ve produced to date. It’s titled A Parting Gift, and you can give it a read here, if you’d like. (How’s that for seamless, shameless self-promotion?)
Anyway, just thought I’d blurb a bit, and in the process motivate a few others out there who might be looking for some motivation of their own.
Think happy thoughts!