The future depends on what we do in the present – Mahatma Gandhi.
I keep this quotation next to my computer. If I am ever feeling in the slightest way ‘unenthusiastic’ about knuckling down and doing the doings – i.e. writing, then I take a quick look at this quote and it’s enough to drive fingers to keyboard and the tap, tap, tapping to begin.
I will admit that guilt is usually the motivating emotion! My natural inclination is to enjoy working under pressure – tight deadlines and small lead times. I believe it’s the adrenalin rush of working under such conditions that gives me a natural high and who wouldn’t enjoy a natural high? It is one of the reasons I loved working as a chef. You don’t get many more stressful situations than a Michelin star kitchen during service.
Working to a schedule that apportions work well in advance and allows completion with time to spare is a process that I must consciously work at.
Hence my motivational quote. It reminds me that if I want something done, then the best time to start is now. So stop procrastinating Simone and stick to the schedule!
It usually works.
How do you motivate yourself to write when you feel your enthusiasm waning? Leave a comment as I would love to know.
© Simone L Woods 2012
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