The question that bites.
Why do people persist at anything?
Why run, or write or take photos year in year out? For fun?
What if you want more than just a good time? What if you want to take your chosen pursuit to the next level? What keeps you going then?
Why do people STAY?
If you are a writer don't you need a reason to stay at it day in day out? Maybe yes.... and then recently I was watching my favorite TV show and now I think maybe the best reason you can have is... because you want to stay.
Here's what I mean. I am not a massive fan of TV since it's a major time suck and I have books to write already, that said there is one show I never miss. Australia's Biggest Loser. If you aren't familiar with it, basically all the contestants work their butts off to lose weight and the 'biggest loser' wins the show.
So, what's my obsession with it?
Well, it's the mindsets and why people persist. People's thinking intrigues me. Why people chose to over eat, how it impacts their lives and what they go through to change their thinking as the weight comes off.... people on the edge of themselves who want something bad enough that they are willing to change. The CHANGE is what I love to watch. but specifically what makes them STAY at it long enough to change.
One week someone asked the personal trainer what keeps her motivated to stay fit. What is it that got her up at 5:30am to go running or swimming? What kept her going back to the gym?
If you've read this blog for a while you know that I run and I am also a boxer. So I have my own answer to the question of motivation, but I wanted to hear the trainer's answer.
She said, "You don't have to be motivated. You just have to be consistent."
You just have to stay.
It really is that simple.
Writing for publication is a long long road. And sometimes, lots of times, its enough to just stay. To keep writing. Write today. And tomorrow. And next week. And the week after that. And next month. And next year. Because one morning, one fine and beautiful morning, you will wake up and find that you are a better writer. One day, if you stay, you might even find that agent you are looking for or the publishing house with an offer.
Of course, I can't guarantee success, but I can guarantee that if you DON'T stay you will fail.
So maybe hyped up motivation is good for some days. And the sheer grit of the will power to STAY is good for all days motivation fails you.
What about you? Are you staying?
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