Excitement is the Best Motivator

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.

2 replies on “Excitement is the Best Motivator”

  1. Very poignant. This is the kind of stuff people (me) think about but never to the point of systemizing, observing and reporting. This, among other things, what makes your writing so fascinating. As for motivation myself, I have identified one, big one. Challenge it is. For me a real challenge is one which does not offer apparent satisfaction or excitement. Mundane, boring, repetitive necessary tasks which I would normally shun and turn away from (Cleaning, organizing, dishes, proofreading etc.) – pose real challenges and conquering those empower me. I found a way to transform these into a workout, mental, mind you, but one which cause my mental sweat to break while constantly fighting emotional and physical tendencies to “drop it” (it being the task) and create a quick solid justification… Now that’s hard, but I am close to mastering it. The mere knowledge that such tasks are no longer burdening me, [because they are real challenges, and because I gained much experience in handling myself in these situations (The tasks are NEVER too difficult)] – This knowledge is a huge motivator. Thanks for motivating me to put this into words.

  2. Thank you for sharing. Now I don’t feel so weird. I have the same problems you described. My main information problem is listening to Audio Books. They are high quality books. I get an unlimited supply from my aunt. I can listen to them while doing just about anything i.e. driving, laundry, yard work, or just sitting around. The books are so addictive that I have fallen really behind on my college work. I had to finally put it up and lock my self in my room for about two days just to finish my research paper. The research, by the way, lead me to your web site.

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