Everyone has been a victim of it. That nagging voice in your head that casts doubt on everything it can. That one thing that is holding you back from achieving greatness.
Yes. We all know what it is. And now is the time the address it.
The elephant in the room is motivation.
I am sure that many of you are in the burning stages of your idea or creations where you are just itching and craving and doing anything you can to get started as quickly as possible. However, I do not mean to be the bearer of bad news, but I am here to tell you that it won’t be like this for long.
One day, you’re going to wake up and not want to have anything to do with your project.
There will come a day when you just don’t really feel like giving your project any attention. I mean, who could blame you. You’ve been fired up about it for a week, maybe two weeks, or even a few months straight. You have been giving it all of your energy, and guess what.. now you’re all burnt out.
Today, you’re going to say, “Ehh… I’ve been doing so well, this can wait until tomorrow.” Which by all means is an okay thing to do, but where the problem comes in is that when tomorrow comes, you still don’t feel like giving any effort. You become less absorbed in your project and want to get back to your regular daily routine, your regular job, your regular income, and your regular life. Then a few weeks go by and now your idea is just something that you used to do, something that almost happened, something that never was.
Please, don’t be one of these people. If you really are passionate about putting your intellectual property into the world for people to use, consume, and give you money for then you must not give up before it even has a chance.
I like to think of this as having a baby. Once you have a baby, there is a lot of upfront work that must be put it, and I mean A LOT. From nurturing mommy through the pregnancy to providing a lifetime of advice for 18 or so years, there is a lot of work that must be done, and some days you may be tired of hearing the screeching cries at 3 in the morning, or you may be one dirty diaper away from puking your lungs out, but in the end.. all of your efforts will be worth it. In the end, you will have raised a strong and independent boy or girl, that is now capable of taking the world by storm and choosing whatever path that their heart desires.
Your project is your baby.
Protect it, Love it, and Care for it as if it was a living and breathing thing. Don’t smother it, you don’t have to give it every bit of your attention all at once. You can split up the time you spend on it, but every day, even if only momentarily, give it some attention. You are the sunlight to this flower. The milk to this young calf. The creator of its destiny.
Aren’t you glad your parents didn’t give up on you?
Another example that you can make from this is the influences of compound “attention”.
Now, this isn’t an “interest” bearing project by any means. There is no way for your book to write itself while you sleep, however, there is such a thing as passive income. You can think about all of your efforts constantly adding up into a revenue stream the more time you put into it. If you only work on it for a couple of minutes a day, then you should expect only a couple of minutes of return for your efforts. However, if you put your soul into a project over an extended period time, revising, editing, and constantly making the project better, then people will see and recognize you for your efforts, whether monetarily or in other means.
Now, this might not happen on your first project or your second, but if you keep improving and acquiring skills, eventually your breakthrough will come. You just have to find a way to wait out the storm and find the silver lining.
The advice I give to you in this chapter is simple:
Work at a pace that is comfortable for you.
You don’t have to cancel plans for two weeks straight just so you can work on your project because, in the end, you’re going to want to actually go to one of those plans one day.
Find a period in your day, whether it’s written before a class, or during a lunch, where you can spend 10-15 minutes focused on your project.
For example, I’m writing this blog right now waiting for my professor’s office hours. It can be anywhere.
Once you have done this over a period of time, you will look back and be surprised at exactly how much you have accomplished.
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