Motivation is something I need. Sometimes, you will catch me posting a facebook message to my friends saying things like ‘I need to go to the gym. Tell me to do it.’ And my friends being who they are, or depending on their mood, will tell me to go to the gym or go back in bed. Generally, I post these message as I toss the blankets off my body and throw on my sweatpants. I need the idea of motivation more than anything else.
Repetition is something I actually seem to be good at in the short term. For a long time, I wrote 500 words a day, read 10-15 pages a day, and read two comic books a day. It’s easy to get started on these things. You can almost taste your goal. In my case, I wanted to be a writer. I wrote a little bit every day, I learned from the books I was reading, and the comic books provided inspiration. Each of those things took me one step closer.
Then, one day I didn’t.
Nerd Fitness has a mantra. “Never Two Days in a Row”. They’re talking mostly about never missing two gym days consecutively. If you miss one, it’s okay. We all have stumbling days, but if you miss two, you’re setting yourself up for larger failures. In my case, one day became two and I had to start all over again. I was back to square one.
Today, I am on a very different path. I have Charmaine holding me accountable for my novel. It means that I need to be constantly writing or editing. I cannot miss one of her deadlines. The same goes a bit for my blog considering that if I don’t post something I am going to let you my humble readers down. The same goes for going to the gym. I need to go or else I cannot post about going. It’s a weird sort of cyclical motivation.
I am beginning to make all of these things routine, which means I just do it because instead of being motivated to do it.
Today for instance, I woke up and went to the gym. Normally, I would have gone into Jersey City to get my writing done, but instead, I am going with my roommate down to help his friend move. I am writing this in the car to get both my blog post for tomorrow at noon done and this one for this afternoon. It’s important to get the things I need done!
Motivation Monkey may help me out later in the week to get all six days of the gym in. (Last week I only got in five). I need him to help me get through the 17,000 words to get through editing my 20,000 due to Charmaine at the end of the week. I also need him to help me make great financial decisions. I can do this. And the minor motivation helps remind me to keep on track for living the superhero life.
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