"What keeps you motivated to stay active?" This is a question I've heard a lot lately. This question refers to my drive to workout, but it affects other aspects of my life too, like my writing. I don't think getting motivated is as simple as getting up and doing some writing, but when you really look at motivation, it is that easy. 1) Just Do It: Just like Nike's slogan, you need to "Just do it." This can apply to any aspect of your life: Applying for a job, studying, working out, writing. You need to get up and work at it. It's not going to be easy, but it's going to be worth it.
2) Find Support: This was a big one for me for both writing and staying active. I'm a loner by nature; my girlfriend is lucky that I hang out with her.In the past, finding friends and finding time to hang out with them was a struggle. Now that I am in college, I discovered that in order to keep writing, you need motivation and people to share your work with. I find places like classroom settings, new friends who write, clubs like the Writers Guild. Maybe you don't go to school or you're not ready to leave the house but you can find support online: I'm part of a fantasy writer forum online called Mythic Scribes which I mentioned before in my blog. You can find someone, somewhere who would love to read what you write. Naturally, we are pack animals, so make like your ancestors and get social.
3) Don't Say You Can't: Just don't sell yourself short. I know many talented writers who don't think they are good enough to write a book or start a simple blog. I know too many people who say, "I can't do this or that." You need to stop saying "I can't." You CAN. You're just chose not to. Like my first point, just do it. Don't hesitate. You will be surprised at what you can do. How can you know your limits if you don't test them?
4) Push Yourself: Something that works for me is pushing myself. Shoot for the moon, aim for the stars, and even if you miss, you will land in the clouds. This doesn't mean you should beat yourself up if you miss the moon or even if you miss the clouds. When you push yourself and aim high, you will always come out with more progress made than if you didn't give any effort or if you never started in the first place. That, my awesome readers, deserves a prize.
5) Rewards: After a hard workout my friends and I all go and eat a great meal. We don't call this being fat after a workout like some people tell themselves. We simply call it "Mass Gain" and we know we earned it after the workouts we do. After any day of writing, give yourself a break. Let yourself read a book or watch T.V. Whatever you like to do. All work and no play makes jake a dull boy.
6) Write/ Workout: Get yourself motivated and engaged your mind and body. Push your body and engage your creativity. Working your mind and body go hand in hand. This will boost your confidence in amazing ways. I know you can do it. You should know that too.
I hope you enjoyed and remember you can leave me a comment anytime. I also need to thank Sarah Ryniker for her support in my writing. She even helped write this post, what a champ!