Motivation and Gumption

There's something to be said for someone who, in spite of being tired or busy or distracted, still finds the time and oomph to get writing done. There's a lot of stuff going on in the world today. More than just a lot of stuff - there's a lot of frightening, unsettling, and sometimes disgusting stuff going on in the world, and those that pay attention to the news are depressed, jaded, and/or numb to the whole mess.


There are a lot of things to be said for such a person, actually.

I... am not such a person.


This might come as a surprise to some of you, but long-time readers will know that I tend to let the blog (or my podcast *cough cough*) slide into inactivity when things in my life become stressful for me.


That's not to say I couldn't be that kind of person if I put the effort in, but I'm not naturally that way.


This is something that many people share with me, along with my general lack of willingness to change. But does that make "natural" the better way? Does it make it justifiable? If writing is what I want to do in spite of all, do I have the right to complain of my lack of motivation when I do nothing about it?


No, of course not. If there's something about my habits that I want to be different, I should be willing to put in the effort to make the change. And if I'm not willing to make the effort, then I have no right to complain.


- Set a daily or weekly goal.

It doesn't have to be a daily habit. It can be a once weekly or once monthly habit. There is no wrong way to form a habit, as long as it's at a level that pushes you to change in positive ways.


- Keep an accountability partner.

For some people, just knowing someone else knows can be enough to motivate them. But if you need more than just knowing someone else knows, ask your accountability partner to message you at intervals to ask how you're doing with your goal.


- Make sure the goal is one you can and want to achieve.

As important as it is to challenge yourself, it's more important to set goals you feel are achievable and positive. Not just "work out" but "exercise for 10 minutes a day." Not just "write more," but "write 200 words a day."


- Allow your goal to progress as you do.

Setting a habit is good. Chasing a dream is better. If 200 words a day is easy, bump it up to 500 words a day, or 5000 words a week, or a short story twice every month. Find your weak spots and start working at them.

#Writing #Habits #Life

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