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Jan 14, 2019 14:03:06

Motivation is overrated

by @juliasaxena PATRON | 253 words | 🐣 | 273💌

Julia Saxena

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I am tired of waiting for motivation to accomplish my goals. It simply doesn't work. Here is why.

Usually, I would discover something new, like 200wordsaday.com and be all excited about it. Writing 200 words a day, that's cool. I should do that. It will improve my writing. I can find my voice. Learn from others. Immediately, a new goal is born.

And sticking to that goal works out well for the first few days. It feels fresh and exciting. I have plenty of ideas to write about. I get the first comments. I am fully motivated.

But then ... one day ... I get to so busy with lots of other stuff, that's all urgent and important. My new goal is pushed to the side. I forget all about it. And the next day, the same happens. Only one day after that I remember: Oh crap, I was supposed to write 200 words a day. Now the streak has been broken, and I have to start all over again. 

Motivation goes down the drain as soon as life gets in the way just a little bit. 

Instead of relying on motivation, I build a habit. I define when, where and how I will write my 200 words a day. I make a list of topics and add to it as soon as something comes to my mind. If I miss one day of writing, I don't beat myself up about it, but get back on track straight away. 

The best thing is: It works!

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    @juliasaxena Yeah, don't rely on motivation. You are allowed to break a streak and feel down, but you have to realize that you still have to get things done!

    Hannah Dee avatar Hannah Dee | Jan 14, 2019 16:01:36
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    @juliasaxena love the spirit! You got this ? don't focus on the streak, look at what's been written already

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 14, 2019 21:33:30
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