(No pretty series-related graphic today because I stupidly left my computer at my in-law’s house where the graphic is stored.)
Continuing my Writing Motivation series: today’s topic is pushing through.
I’ve been working on a new writing project for a client these past few weeks, and the project is both boring and time consuming. It’s hard for me to work up the motivation for the job. In fact, I usually can’t. So what inspires me to get through? Just pushing through.
Sometimes, there is nothing that inspires you to write. You don’t feel motivated in any way at all. When this happens, you can do two things: one, you can skip it and not do it; or two, you can just go ahead and push through and do it anyway.
I’ve found that if I wait for inspiration to strike, sometimes it will, but usually it won’t. This is especially true for my personal projects. I spend most of my day working on things that bring me money right now, that I often neglect things that have the potential to bring in more money later.
That is why this year, my goal is to push through. No more excuses. I am reaching for my goals, whether I want to at the time or not. That is why I’ve been working much harder on this blog and Schooling a Monkey. These are my projects that I am passionate about, and I want to make them happen. I also am starting to write an ebook with my sister-in-law. There is nothing holding me back except my own lack of motivation.
Sometimes what you have to do to motivate yourself is to continue anyway. Even when you don’t want to. Even when you hate yourself a little for doing it. Even when you have to skip something fun to make it happen.
Have you ever seen that graphic that shows a little circle that says, “your comfort zone” and an arrow pointing outside the circle that says, “where the magic happens”? Well, I hate that graphic. But it does have a point. Waiting on motivation to strike may never happen. To keep moving forward, you must press through even when you don’t feel like it.
What motivates you to push through when you really don’t want to?