Ending the night with motivation is just as important as starting the day with it.
I typically upload posts in the morning, so my initial plan was to simply wait until tomorrow morning to do this. But I’m challenging myself to begin keeping to a schedule of Monday and Friday uploads. So here we are. This is a short one but thought-provoking to me nonetheless.
Randomly scrolling on Instagram Sunday night before bed (a habit shared by many more people my age than you think), I stumbled upon the above picture on a friend’s profile and it hit home for me. Aside from the inner editor in me tripping over the use of ‘never’ and ‘always’ sequentially, I loved this and it was a good reminder to practice good habits.
Discipline over motivation. It’s the lifeblood of creativity. The engine upon which perseverance cranks its key. It’s a tired topic that I’m not going to write 1000 words on, but sometimes it’s good to remind yourself of it. Work, family, extracurricular activities, and even sometimes just wanting to relax will always be around. The trick is figuring out how to navigate responsibilities that have to be done while prioritizing the others in order of importance. The even harder part is recognizing that you can’t possibly do everything you want and that sacrifices must be made.
What are you passionate about? What makes you happy even when you’re not getting paid for it? Honing in on these types of questions may help you define something you love that you currently aren’t doing too much of. Writing, reading, singing, playing an instrument, coding, painting, building, landscaping, and many more things that could be extraordinary gifts you possess lay at your fingertips. If you don’t temper yourself to continuing to get better, pushing yourself through periods of frustration and being stagnant, then where will the progress come from?
It’s also just as critical learning which activities that you do on a regular basis are hobbies versus passions and applying the correct level of work to each accordingly. The distinction is very important.
Until next time.