For some reason, I've been thinking a lot about motivation this weekend.
Because I think that sometimes we need it to get ourselves started. And by "started," I don't mean just beginning a project. I'm talking about starting a writing session. Here's what sometimes happens to me:
1. I commit to taking time to write.
2. I check email.
3. I ponder writing, but it seems scary.
4. I converse on Twitter.
5. I look at news and entertainment stories.
6. I ponder writing, but it seems like it will take a lot of energy.
7. I check email again.
8. I find another tweet to which I must respond.
9. And finally, finally, I get to my writing.
And then I love it. Flat out love it and don't want to do anything else again, ever. So why did it take so long for me to get to it?
I think its a lack of motivation. I have failed to remember and capture that wonderful feeling of being in love with my writing. Truly, hearing sentiments like, "you can do it!" remind me of what it is that I really want to be doing. Hearty platitudes actually help me because they recall the feeling of accomplishment I want to achieve. They remind me that I am in love with writing.
And the best way to evoke the desire to do something is to think about how it will make you feel.
So, here's my encouragement to you: You can do it! Really, you can! Just pick up that pencil or open that computer and have at it.
Please comment. Do motivational phrases and ideas encourage you or annoy you?
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