… and the Influence of Importance on Motivation
I was doing some thinking about my choice to quit my job and pursue a chance to publish my own comic. Counter productive thoughts began resembling a plague. It is not uncommon that the voices of naysayers crop up from time to time to bounce echoes of self doubt inside my thoughts, and while I used to believe in their negative point of view of me, I chose to begin believing in my ability to research and persevere to tell a great story instead.
Choosing to live out the experience of accomplishing your dream is a powerful choice. However, the path is usually long and arduous and often it is easy to find yourself eventually coming down from a motivational high and having trouble getting back into it. When that happens, I have a bit of a secret weapon for re-lighting that fire under my ergonomic office chair seat cushion. I binge watch. I know it sounds counter intuitive but stay with me.
When I feel less than motivated to stop procrastinating I binge watch, but only things that I can glean information from to help me in my ultimate pursuit. I had one of those days yesterday. I just couldn’t put myself down in front of my keyboard, so I began to horizontally absorb any information I could from YouTube and other various internet sources about such things like running a successful Kickstarter and all from on my back on the couch. I also looked up information on building email lists. There are definitely some morally ambiguous sorts with questionable ways to generate an email list, but I just tell them I think I can tell the wrong sort for myself, thanks.
The beauty of my “revolutionary” Motivational Binge Watching process is that by lazily studying, it satiated my desire to indulge my laziness while still progressing me forward. An added bonus is that because I surrounded myself with relevant information, my thoughts were naturally influenced back on track which motivated me towards the ultimate goal of self publishing my comic book. I only lost a day of writing and even if it had been for a bit longer, it was time well spent by seeing what steps have lead to success for others and allowing me to give some thought to the tasks in my inevitable future.
Actually, there was one last important factor. Realizing the importance of accomplishing my goal. Understanding that I would gladly suffer through all the late night edits, the incapacitating writer’s block, and all the other self inflicted tortures that come with the ill advised choice to be a writer because achieving my goal is that important to me and thereby deserves only my best efforts.
I’ll end by saying obviously one should work towards eliminating those unmotivated moments from happening, but in the journey for productivity, it is sometimes necessary to indulge your inner slacker. So, if something is important to you, just remember it’s part of the process to struggle or even to fail, as long as you persevere to the end.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this one. I rather liked writing it.
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