To be honest, I do not want to write this post. At least, not right now. I just don’t feel like writing anything at all.
In other words, I do not feel motivated to punch those damn keys.
But I have to.
Not in the sense that there’s someone holding a gun to my head. No.
I have to because I promised myself that I am going to do it. I have to because I made a commitment to write a new blog post every single day.
And, yes, right now, I don’t feel like it.
Before writing these words, I spend a few hours going through draft after draft, trying to figure out which post to finish writing. I didn’t feel like it. I’ve lost focus at least a dozen times, which translates into me wasting 10-15 minutes of my time going through e-mails or replying to comments.
But the truth is that motivation does not work like that. The truth is motivation’s just this word people keep throwing around when they don’t want to do something.
Why do you want to do it?
This is the first question I ask myself whenever I don’t feel like doing something, but I know I have to.
Why do I want to write this post?
Because I promised myself that I won’t give up. It’s as simple as that. I promised myself to write a new blog post every day, and that’s what I am going to do.
I also know, on a logical level, that I am taking care of the discipline muscle in my head: the more you do what you do not want to do, the easier it is for you to do it.
I also know that my income depends on me producing new content.
That’s why, whenever I don’t feel motivated, I remind myself of my why.
The I do this simple thing…
I commit to getting the job done.
Now, as I said earlier, commitment is just you promising yourself that you will never, ever, give up. under any circumstance. No matter what. Come hell and high water.
That’s why I forced myself to write this post. Because I made a promise to myself to write it.
Of course, the paradox is the fact that now, after having forced myself to write, I am begin to feel motivated. Even inspired.
I am enjoying the process.
I am more aware of what exactly it is that I am doing, and why it’s important to do it.
The truth is that there’s no such thing as motivation, or inspiration, or discipline, or willpower.
It all comes down to this: you either do it, or you don’t.
Whether you feel like it or not.
Whether you’d much rather do anything else or not.
It doesn’t matter.
I can’t tell the difference between what came easy (when I wrote under the influence of the muse, so to speak) and what was the product of me having to sit down at my computer and bleed for a few good hours.
All that matters is that you take action.
So stop waiting around for inspiration, or to feel motivated, and just do it.