Please Kill Me,
Hello again writers and otherwise. Hope you are all well. Today I want to talk about the M word. Yep, that’s right MOTIVATION. It’s a lot more intimidating than it seems you know. I mean trust me I totally get it. I wouldn’t say I sympathize or empathize with it, mainly because I am at affect to it’s treacherous woes.
Picture this. Your sitting at home trying to figure out what to do, how to do, why to do, etc. Trying to find the one thought that will send you rocketing into the sea of prosperity and inspiration. However these pools are not the waters you find. Instead you find endless depths of online foolery and procrastination. You watch impatiently as the hours go by and no string of brilliance greets you at the the top or bottom of them. You wait and wait. Nothing. Than suddenly you realize “Oh crap I’ve got Work” or school, or whatever social obligation you choose as your vice. And for no reason at all that is when the brilliance will hit you. We’ve all been there before, and we all hate ourselves for it each time.
“Insanity is repeating the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results” – Albert Einstein (I’m pretty sure, but don’t quote me on that). I’ll explain to you exactly, at least what I’ve found this issue to be. LACK OF STIMULATION. The brain is a very powerful tool. Once on a roll any of us can accomplish a plethora of great (or for you sadists) not so great things. The problem is however getting it all going. It always seems harder than it actually is. I reiterate. STIMULATION. Find a hobby, a chore, or activity, that you can easily break from to focus on your craft.
Now I know for some of you stricter minded people this may not be “part of the scheduled program” but hear me out. For those of us with looser than, if not completely non-existent schedules, this little trick can work wonders. Video games are great (if you can will yourself away), books are equally acceptable, running, working out, building something with Legos. Anything that requires your brain to work to some degree will work wonders for your imagination and creativity.
That being said television is a big NO, No (he said with his mommy finger raised high). But seriously, if you are trying to get something done the last thing you need is to watch television programming. I mean sure treat yourself to it afterward, but before hand it’s basically like hitting the proverbial snooze button for your brain. Yes, even if your watching something like family feud. The human brain is conditioned to go neutral in front of premeditated programming.
I mean ignore me if you will, but heed my warning, you’ve all been there and know what I’m talking about. That being said let’s get back to what this has to do with motivation. First off motivation is nothing more than the drive, and or action of getting a goal accomplished. Nothing more nothing less. It is not this grand level stage to aspire to. It is simply a description of getting something done. It’s almost patronage that we even still have the word.
Case in point if you really want to get something done, focus on that thing, not what might make you do that thing, than your just looking into the abyss trying to motivate yourself to be motivated and so on. Focus on stimulating yourself more often. Put your brain to work, and let it surprise you. That is the true meaning of motivation, and we all have it. Besides let me save you a little time. For those of you not in school, if you don’t want to do something, just don’t do it. Find something interesting to you and do that. Your brain will thank you for the resulting stimulus, and I guarantee you won’t have any problems motivating yourself to do it. Circumstances aside. The world is yours if you want it. Besides without unmotivated people, there would be no room at the winner’s ball. Just my take on a common misconception.
Look out for the “Writers Block” Podcast coming soon! Sites starting to shape up nice. Thanks for your patience with me.
Until the next time I’m “Motivated”,
P.S. : Remember MENTAL STIMULATION IS KEY TO SUCCESS.