Here are some tips and tools to stay motivated as you pursue a writing life.
Know the Why: If you aren’t clear on why you’re doing something, it’s easy to give up. Take the time to figure out why you’re doing what you’re doing and how it benefits you, your family, and your community.
Motivation has three main components:
1. Focusing on your BIG dream.
2. Setting goals.
3. Staying positive.
What is your BIG dream? Write it down. Create a vision of what you want your life to be. A vision board can help.
Rehearse your BIG dream. Daydream as you drift off to sleep, while in the shower, while walking the dog, etc.
Set 4-5 goals per year. They should be specific, achievable, and measurable. Write them down in the following format: By ____ (date), I will ______.
Think of your goals as an action plan.
Stay the course. Every time someone asks you to do something or you have an opportunity, ask yourself: Does this serve one of my goals? Does this serve my BIG dream?
Find a friend to help you stay accountable. A buddy can:
—Help you set deadlines
—Act as a sounding board
—Highlight your blind spots
—Be a cheerleader
To stay positive:
—Surround yourself with upbeat, constructive people.
Go forth and contribute. You can make it happen.