No matter what I’m doing, my biggest challenge is motivating myself. It’s not that I’m lazy (I’m not), it’s that I’m always more interested in the exciting things than I am in the necessary things. This has some incredible benefits, such as always keeping my mind open to innovative new ways to solve problems, but it has some obvious drawbacks as well. I always find it difficult to get myself excited about work I have to do, even though I’m usually happy as a clam when I’m actually doing it. Thankfully, this morning I finally made an obvious connection between excitement and motivation.
I sat down at the breakfast table wanting to procrastinate getting to work, flipped open my On-the-Go Reading binder, starting reading, and before I knew it I was itching to get my hands back on a keyboard. Reading all the interesting articles I had printed out earlier for myself excited me about my field and got me thinking again—and thinking is what I like to do best, it’s when I’m happiest. So even though it seems really simple, this revelation is somewhat new for me and it’s been a long time coming.
I’m going to keep an eye out for additional ways to motivate myself and to keep myself excited about what I’m doing, because there’s no better motivator than a good dose of excitement. It brings the enthusiasm I need to feel good about starting what I need to do. I’d also like to hear about the ways you keep yourself motivated if you have methods of your own.