Staying motivated is sometimes the hardest thing to maintain.
What was once a dream come true soon turns into the worst possible thing that ever happened to you — or so it seems.
Comparison kills motivation.
In the start, I started feeling terrible about my work. I stressed every little thing about it.
And after a day of stressing and editing, it still didn’t match up to what I was reading most of the time. I just couldn’t get my work to be good enough, no matter how hard I tried.
Of course, I knew copying would never be on the list of options to choose from. So, I went back to the drawing board. Just like anything else, when I find myself in pickle jar, I start over. Maybe it’s something I missed.
Consequently, I realized that I had strong points that were being overlooked. There were some things I was surprisingly decent at.
I saw my work as it related to the work of others, not having a chance of winning if there was a contest. That was the problem.
Comparing is what caused the worthless, “I’ll never be anything doing this” feeling we all have felt at some points in our lives, but I can only speak for myself in this case.
I know how I felt. And a strong ambition to continue was not it.
Stick to your strong points.
That is, until I started sticking to my strong points, not someone else’s — the things I love writing about, things I can’t stop thinking about throughout the day.
I needed to forget about what everyone else was doing.
The moment I took note of these things is when this feeling of hopelessness began to change for me.
I needed (and still need) to improve on my weak areas — emphasis on the my part.
I found my why.
When you have your why, the how becomes less of a worry. To know the why behind the story is like the bones in our bodies. We can’t do much of anything without them.
And a story without a purpose is sure to go into one ear of the listener and out the other.
You still may have some blank moments, but that is perfectly fine. Don’t feel bad about this. Go back to the beginning. You may discover some areas that were missed.
Ideas should never be forced.
The purpose of doing, reading, or watching new things is to learn something new from it. We are learners. We may be driven by different things for different reasons, but that’s the one thing all of us have in common.
Simply trying to find out how I can turn anything into my new story should be the last thing to focus on. I should be more concerned with what it is I’m learning.
Later, I can apply this to what I already have — bringing what I’ve learned together with what I’ve experienced, creating my story.
Ideas come and go. But retaining them is always a possibility. And I can retain those fresh ideas by writing them down.
Argue with yourself.
This can sound like the absolute dumbest thing any person with an operating brain could conjure up. But it works.
Through the disagreements we have with ourselves, we find answers — answers we may not have discovered any other way.
You find out why you have the opinion you have, or decide that you have no idea where you stand on that particular subject.
Side Note: I wouldn’t necessarily do this out loud. Just a heads up.
Ask yourself questions.
In fact, asking questions period is a good idea. Questions causes you to think. Even if you don’t have the answer to the question right away, the jump start your brain just received will cause you to discover the answer later.
More importantly, it will cause more questions to follow, bringing on new answers, which leads to more ideas.
And we all know what ideas turn into.
Read an article, book, or anything with words and value.
Reading with the intent of finding what the author is trying to say and agree or disagree with it will keep your mind stocked up on information needed to work with.
Jot down the main points.
This way, you have an idea of the author’s general purpose. Later, of course, you’ll need to find out why you agree or disagree.
Ideas are gold. And they should be treasured as such.
We grow by going through the difficult situations, not the easy ones.
Out of all the lessons life has to offer its full-time students, this has to be in the top five.
We become stronger, better, and ready to take on what’s next. But we must get through this one first.
Opposition is the challenge — a challenge much worth the effort, especially when it’s blocking you from getting where you need to go.
Stay motivated by simultaneously doing more and less.
Do more of what brings those priceless, unique ideas. And do less of what kills them.
It’s good to be alive, guys. Let’s write like we feel that way.
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