Day 8: Get fucking inspired.

When it comes down to do things, we are naturally prone to do them the easy way. Putting in as much effort as necessary, not a tiny bit more.

A lot of times I’m faced with deadlines, projects that need to be done as soon as possible and sometimes articles that need to be written on time.

What about the things we do without any tangible rewards, without payment at the end of the month, without the recognition of our coworkers? Things that we know are good for us, but nobody holds us accountable for? Like loosing weight, cutting down on smoking, eating healthier, writing a blog?

In my opinion, it all comes down to these “magical” sources of reward or payment, if you will. They are not the rewards from the outside world, they are the rewards we give ourselves, the pride of achievement, a good feeling at the end of the day. And maybe, if we really try, they lead to a good life, earned by hard work we started today.

Motivation

Ah, motivation. Internal force that is constantly trying to get away from us, hiding from us in the form of another piece of chocolate, another episode of favorite TV series to watch and of course, another endless scroll through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, … because there, for sure, lies the answer to the meaning of life, universe and everything.

There is a cure. And its secret lies in time. Short, medium and a long time.

Short-term motivation. I need to write this post today. Till midnight. No other way than do it, right? Well, might work. Or not, if that notification on Twitter keeps vibrating on my desk. But hey, you can’t start a long journey without the small steps. And the first step starts right now.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” — Lao Tzu

Medium-term motivation. After one month of writing I’ll be very proud of my achievement. But, not if I don’t write every day. Every effing day for 30 days. I’ve managed to write for 7 days now, that’s a week already. And it wasn’t even that hard. A month? I can do it. I can imagine how my writing skills and self-esteem in the craft improve after this month. This writing challenge can be my best holiday present to myself ever.

Long-term motivation. I want to write a book someday. A real book. I have lots of ideas, I already started with one or two projects, but never finished. You know, why? Because I didn’t fucking write, I didn’t beat my craft, I wasn’t eager enough, disciplined enough, tough enough to be called a writer, an author and have my work finished and my talents in words available on Amazon for the world to see and maybe even accept for something good, productive, something that can make somebody’s world a little bit better. Whew! Wow, okay, I just found a goal for my writing. 2017 sounds like a good year to have my book finally published.

Long-term motivation can be called also an aspiration — a hope or ambition of achieving something (as Google tells us).

Inspiration

What would Hemingway do? Well, he told us already.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway is one of my inspirations. I could count a few more, but for the sake of his quote let’s stop here. In our defense, he didn’t have all the modern distractions like we have. But I doubt he had it easier. The truth? I think we’re just spoiled. Our world falls apart if we loose WiFi signal for a minute. Ernest probably didn’t complicate that much. He sat down and wrote. And at the end of the day, he celebrated.

I’ll celebrate at the end of this year.

Cheers!

Ernest Hemingway carousing in a bar in Havana, Cuba (1959) /original source unknown

p.s. I have to thank the Good Fucking Design Advice Chrome extension where I got the phrase for today’s title. Thanks, guys, keep up the good work!

This post is a part of my 30 Days Writing Challenge. Wanna join me? ;)