3 Ways I Keep Myself Motivated
Woohoo! Let's talk about motivation!
And how motivation is a LIE!
A lie? Motivation? What? Huh?
Okay, maybe it doesn’t mean to be a lie. But motivation is like brain candy: it feels great and lights up all your dopamine and you get all hopped up while you’re under its influence. You can do anything!
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The thing that’s going to make the real difference is self-discipline… the vegetables of the brain. Self-discipline is what you need to live on in order to grow big and strong and get stuff done.
Candy/motivation is fine every once in a while, but it’s not something you can live on. First of all, motivation is unpredictable. You don’t know if you’re going to wake up one day and have the motivation to create beautiful words. What if you don’t? Do you just… not write? What if it’s days before you get motivated? Weeks? Months? Years?
No, no, no. You can’t rely on motivation.
Self-discipline is an essential part of your brain’s diet. It’s what gets books written. Motivation is fun and feels good, but discipline is the rock-solid foundation upon which the motivation can sing and dance.
But… developing self-discipline is hard. So how do you do it?
I don’t know.
But I know how I do it. So let’s talk about that now!
In this post, we'll go through the three things that lend my goblin brain some discipline:
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