How to get motivated when you really CBA
In today's episode I want to tell you about the myth of motivation. Now the reason this is going to be super quick episode is because this can literally be summarised by a quote that a fitness coach that I follow put out on Instagram. For those of you who would be interested in going checking out the original quote, the guy is Jordan Syatt. This quote that he put out essentially just said, action leads to results, leads to motivation, not the other way around.
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And that really struck a chord with me, because for so long, I'd always bought into this idea that some days you would wake up and you'd be motivated and other days you wouldn't. Some days you would feel productive and hyper focused and super creative. And some days you wouldn't and that's okay.
Just kind of roll with the punches on days you are motivated and then some not.
And when I read this quote, I was like - holy shit.
That is something that I've never even thought about that actually, the secret to motivation is consistency. The secret is that you're not always going to be motivated. The secret to success for anything, regardless of what you're doing in life, is showing up every single day, even when you don't feel like it.
Because at the very least on those days that you show up, and you didn't feel like it, we did it anyway. At the very least you will be proud of yourself for showing up. And that in turn, will make you more motivated. Action leads to results leads to motivation.
Action, you show up every day, even when you don't feel like it. Results, even on the days that you don't feel like it, you will feel better for doing it. And on the days you did feel like doing it and you did kind of get into your stride with creative or whatever else it is - you've shown up to do that today.
You will start to get results, you'll start to either finish a project or you'll start to get feedback from other people, you'll start to get emails back from people that you've been sending things out to, you'll start to get that feedback, those results and you're starting to see the results of your actions, motivations, because you're seeing the results of your actions you've been taking.
Now you're motivated to do more so you'll show up more, you'll be more excited to show up, you'll be more willing to show up to do more actions which will lead to more results, which will lead to more motivation and it becomes this momentum this cycle.
So I challenge you, today or tomorrow depending on when you're listening to this, about the thing that you know you should do.Think about that goal, is it to get a new client? Is it to finish a new project? Even start a new project? Is it to find a collaborator? Get to the gym? Whatever it might be, think of that one thing that you know, is something you've wanted to do for ages. But you've been putting it off because either you've not found the time or you just didn't quite feel like it or you need to be in the right headspace to do it.
That thing, I challenge you today. For half an hour or two or 10 minutes or whatever it is, whatever time you have free, just make some progress. Show up. Every day show up.
Today - what is the thing you can do today to show up to take one step closer towards the goal that you have for yourself?
There's this really famous book - I think it's called the War of Art and in that, I'm fairly certain this is where it comes from, they talk about this idea. There was a study that if you say, it was like writers, if they sat down to write for three minutes, they would find that 80% of people would carry on writing.
There's a really famous takeaway from that book that amateurs show up when they feel like it professional show it when they don't. So this idea that if you want to be a professional creative, then you have to treat it like a job. So you don't get to decide when to show up for your job. You just you have to show up, you show up for your clients, you show up for your employer. You have to show up, you work a certain amount of hours a day because that is what you do when you are being paid to do something.
If you want to be a professional creative, that's how you need to treat yourself, you need to treat it like a job. You don't get a choice to show up when you feel like it. You have to show up every day regardless.
So, yeah, those people who sat down to write for three minutes, generally speaking, 80% of them would carry on for at least another 15 minutes. And that's because the hardest bit to do is just start. Is just do the action. But if you accept that some days, you're going to feel like doing the action and some days you're not and either way you're going to do it anyway, kind of takes the sting out of it. I think one of the biggest things with it, for me in the past is, deciding whether I was in the mood to write. Maybe I should do something else? But no, if you're like me, just have it in the calendar and stick to it. Show up even if it's just for five minutes, ten minutes, show up, do it make progress today.
In a year's time, when you're still thinking - I just wish that I had made that 360 film, I just wish that I had taken the plunge to start getting new clients so that I could leave my job I hate, in a year's time when you're thinking all that stuff still you have no one else but yourself to blame because future you is just present you doing something for 365 days.
And it could be 10 minutes, or it could be five hours, maybe 10 minutes leads to five hours. But ultimately, you have to make the small steps, you have to build consistency into your routine and don't get me wrong, I know I sound like I'm sitting on my high horse over here but this is something I struggle with daily. This is something I've literally only just managed to grasp in the last eight months, like I've spent years doing the absolute opposite to this. But it's only really since implementing this that I've really started to see results in lots of different areas of my life. And my mental health is just, it's just so much better. I just removed the friction. I'm showing up and I'm writing today, I'm showing up I'm recording these podcasts, even if their shit, even if I don't feel like I'm doing my best work. I'm going to do it because something is better than nothing. And action leads to results, which leads to motivation.
So I'm gonna leave this there. I hope this has got you jazzed. I hope this has got you motivated. Go make action and make progress my friend so that we can all be joyous in 365 days and think - you know what, even if I'm not where I want to be, at least I've made progress and I'm 365 days better off than what I was before and I'm not in the same place. So go forth my friend and conquer. Have a great day. And I will speak to you very soon.
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