I’m not always motivated to write.
In fact, yesterday, I sat down at my computer, listened to half a YouTube music playlist, was on the verge of starting and decided,
“Wait, I need my green tea.”
I went downstairs boiled the water, steeped the tea, went back upstairs, decided it was chilly and needed a sweater, drank my tea and then decided to take a shower because that “helps me generate ideas.”
None of this helped me.
I was avoiding the inevitable white screen.
It wasn’t until I sat down and started typing my random thoughts that I finally came up with my post and finished it for the evening.
That first idea, that initial hook is the hardest thing to come by sometimes. This was part of the discussion in today’s podcast.
Motivation isn’t always necessary.
Sometimes I just have to do the thing. There is not always an external driving force pulling me and sometimes I’m not in the mood to be deep and think about my “why” for life.
So I don’t think about it.
I just cut the crap and do what I need to do because at the end of the day I want there to be a post.
I’ve simply chosen not to quit.
Danny Forrest wrote a post earlier today called, “One Good Choice You Don’t Realize You Make Every Day.”
“Making a conscious choice and owning it is so much more powerful than pretending it wasn’t up to us.”
That’s all it takes for me to complete this challenge — a conscious choice.
The decision to do something irrespective of anything else is much more effective than waiting for motivation.
January 7th, there were 365 blank white screens separating me from the end of this challenge.
That wasn’t a motivating thought.
So I stopped looking at the hill and just started to climb. Now I’m almost half-way to the top.
All that counts is my fingers hitting the keyboard and clicking publish every night. So that’s what I do.
I’m glad I didn’t wait for motivation. All I needed to start was just to start.
Thank you for reading!