I read an article yesterday about writing. This writer said that writing every day is a necessity. And I get it. Sometimes I get lazy, lose my motivation, and am just not in the mood to write. It's those days where I need to do it anyway.
It's like anything in our lives where we are trying to make a change, a transformation of sorts. I learned a lot about this in Shaun T.'s book, T is for Transformation. It's part autobiography/memoir, part motivation, and part learning. It taught me that in order to truly transform, it takes long-term commitment. I admit I've been lacking that lately.
Some of it is getting into the flow of my new job. I trained for two weeks and now this week is the first one of my actual schedule. The hours are longer and it's a different type of work, so I'm getting into the flow of needing to organize better for time with my family, exercise, writing, and making healthy meals. Right now I'm kind of limping along until I get things in place.
It's understandable, but it's also an excuse. I have the time but I'm not allocating it very well yet. That's the hurdle I'm working to get over. Take this morning for example. I go to work at noon and so I have the entire morning to myself. Well, I was tired and so I slept for two more hours. I decided to bank some sleep since tonight will be a late night followed by an early morning tomorrow. However, that's two hours I lost that I could have been reading, writing, exercising, or planning healthy meals.
I suppose it's a lot of give and take and I really do need to give myself a break, cut myself some slack. However, it's a fine line between that and making excuses. That's what I need to watch out for as I'm sure we all do.
In the big picture, it comes down to the 'why' which is what I come back to time and time again in my writing. If we don't have a big enough 'why' then the motivation and inspiration will wane over time.
It's also important to look at the big picture. What do I want my life to look like in three months, six months, a year, three years, and five years from now? It's not enough to simply go day to day. They don't have to be concrete goals, but rather a direction or intention of what I want my life to look like and then design a plan to go in that direction.
The next few blog posts will be devoted to our 'why' as motivation and inspiration, looking at the big picture, devising a plan, and then following through on that plan. I hope you're as excited as I am for this series. I think it will provide the boost we both need! :)
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.