How to Stay Motivated
Let’s talk about motivation. It’s something that all of us struggle with on a daily basis, some more than others. I know that when I wake up in the morning, I’m not always the most motivated. Sometimes I want to hit the snooze button. I want to go back to bed for another hour. I want to roll out of bed, flop directly onto the couch, and play games on my phone for as long as I can before I get up and get moving. We all know that feeling.
There’s a reason for that: we are not passionate about what we’re doing. When I know that all I have to look forward to is a long shift at my retail job, life is bleak. It’s not something that I want to devote my life to. I feel trapped. So, in the only way that I can, I rebel. I choose not to get up and get started with my day, because that’s the only choice that I feel is still mine to make.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for my job. It’s not the worst job in the world. Not even close. I like some of the people I work with, and I do my best to ignore the others. The customers, for the most part, are nice people who I can hold conversations with. I have decent pay and benefits. I get to wear jeans to work. There are a lot of good things about my job, and one big negative: I’m not passionate about getting paid an hourly wage to advance somebody else’s goals.
Lately, I’ve had one huge thing motivating me to get up and get out of bed in the morning. This blog. Starting a blog is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but I’ve been too scared to actually do it. Getting that first post written and published was a big deal for me. It took me a few days to get it written, making sure it looked and flowed the way I wanted it to. After that, I spent a good deal of time researching domain names and web hosting, not to mention the time I spent actually setting it all up. That’s why you’re reading this post on PageNumberZero.com instead of a bulky URL through a blogging website, and emailing me at the awesome custom email address below instead of through my gmail account. Setting up my website has been frustrating and difficult at times, because it’s something new to me. I’d never even looked into it. I had to call customer service multiple times, partly due to website issues and partly due to user error on my part. It had been a long time since I’d been that persistent at anything that challenged me. When things get hard, I have a tendency to quit. But I knew that this would be worth it. I realized that when I’m working on something I’m passionate about, nothing is too difficult.
I used to stay up late because I was avoiding tomorrow. Now I stay up late because I haven’t yet finished with today. I’ve found something that drives me. Something that I can send out into the world in hopes of making it a better place.
How can you do the same? If you’re reading this, and you want to know how you can wake up every morning eager to start your day, and go to bed every night happily exhausted because you’ve been compelled to work hard late into the night, then read this next part carefully: Do what you love, and never give up. Ever.
“Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and fastly, but it’s much better to be killed by a lover.” -Charles Bukowski
Deep down, I’ve always loved writing. I never let myself do it, because I thought I would fail. I’m done with that. I don’t care if it’s bad, I don’t care if some people don’t like it. I’m here, and I’m writing. I’m writing to you. If you have a dream, never let it go. If there is something that you love to do, do it as often as you can. Get up early to do it. Stay up late until you’re done with it. Share it with your friends. Share it with the world. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re bad at it. It doesn’t matter if other people think you’re bad at it. Keep it up. You’ll get better. More importantly, you’ll start to feel better. If you don’t know what you love, start by doing something you like. Keep doing that thing until either you give up, or you fall in love with it. Sooner or later, you’ll find something worthwhile, and it will change your life.
I promised you motivation in my title. The truth is, there is not enough motivation in the world to make you do something you’re not interested in doing. When you’re truly passionate about something, on the other hand, nothing in the world can stop you.
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