Yesterday I had breakfast with my girlfriend and we were talking about all the things that were going on since we last caught up. She was telling me all the great things that were going on for her. She’s getting a promotion into management, a raise, her multiple business are yielding profits and she’s looking to buy another house. Girlfriend was doing it. I was beaming with pride. She then says “I’m getting ready to write another book.” I paused. What? This girl already had written two books. I wondered, how did she find the time? The time to do all that she was doing. Heck, she was busier than I was.
I asked her “How do you find the time to do all that you do, raise your daughter and run your multiple businesses and work and still have time to write your book? I can’t even finish mine. This weekend was relatively quiet as I had the March of Dimes walk and chapter meeting, but I had the rest of Saturday to myself, but I just can’t sit down and write.” She said “You’re not motivated.” I replied “I need sleep. I can’t deprive myself of sleep. Between work, raising Munch, being a girlfriend, my sorority activities and PTSA stuff and family stuff, I don’t have enough hours in the day. I need to rest when I have down time. I need to sleep. Do you ever sleep?” She said “I sleep. Everything goes off at 10 pm. I go to sleep. You’re not motivated to finish your book.” I sighed. Ugh! She was right. I was giving excuses. I wasn’t motivated.
mo·ti·va·tionˌ(noun) – the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
Mr. C has been telling me for the last couple of months to use my down time as time to write. To put my thoughts on paper. I always have excuses. I’m tired. I need to catch up on my sleep, wash clothes, clean the house, etc. I never have time to write. I didn’t know what it was until my girlfriend said it. I wasn’t motivated.
So, my Motivational Monday Moment is all about finding your motivation. I lost my motivation. I do what I need too, but I’m too emotionally drained to do anything else. I need to get my motivation back. I set goals. I must achieve them. I have to keep moving forward.
How do you stay motivated? How do you encourage yourself to keep doing something when you’re too emotionally drained to do it? What motivates you?