I don’t wake up with it every day but I want it to get me through until I return to bed.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out why it ebbs and flows and can’t be a reliable constant.
I wonder why I have to keep reminding myself of it.
It’s called motivation.
Motivation is the desire to do something, the drive to carry out a goal.
For example with work, my motivation is that I want to get paid, I want to do a good job and I want to learn and better my writing skills as a reporter at my hometown newspaper.
But at the same time, I want to write my novel and live the novelist’s life.
Herein is the contradiction: when I’m in the midst of a writing project, I don’t want to leave it do practical things. And when I get caught up in practicality and the hey-ho march to the mines, I convince myself I’m too tired for my passions.
What exactly is motivation?
I looked up the term, as well as the phrase “artists and motivation,” and found a few definitions.
Motivation is the process that initiates and guides goal-oriented behavior. It is what causes you to act.
Motivation, which can be intrinsic or extrinsic, has three components, that of:
* Activation, or the decision to initiate a behavior.
* Persistence, the continued effort toward a goal even though obstacles may exist.
* And intensity, or the degree of concentration.
Like a kick starter, I have to remind myself of my goals and think of the eventual rewards whenever I find that I’m tiredly crossing off items from my list of have-to-dos.
If I’m bored, I have to remember that I have constructed my life and that even though I’m not doing something at the moment, my life isn’t meaningless. I have inserted it with future goals, present friends and past lessons. I have goals and friends and things I want to do.
Here’s some other advise I try to follow:
* State goals in a journal or tape them up on the fridge.
* Plan out the steps to take to reach those goals.
* Forgive yourself if you get sidetracked or frustrated. Like with trying to lose weight, if you binge, you shouldn’t stop the diet and call yourself a failure but continue on the next day.
* Get active by doing something physical or social.
* Retain the commitment.
And remember your passion, the reason you are chasing your dream in the first place.