Motivation – you either have it or you don’t right?
That’s not necessarily true. There’s an ugly truth when it comes to motivation: it often takes motion to keep it going. That’s why you’ll meet some people who will say, “I can’t sit down yet. If I do, I won’t be able to keep going.”
The fact is, no matter how passionate you are in life, there are going to be times when your motivation falls through the floor.
And that’s the thing. We talk about “motivation” as though it’s this tangible thing, something that one can “catch” or “drop” or “lose.”
What if I told you that your motivation is always there with you, and it doesn’t necessarily take a lot to stoke its fire? What if I told you that if you create a habit of showing up, the motivation will follow?
When we “lose” our motivation, it’s a sign that we may be either chasing the wrong things or that we need to slow down and rest. ‘
The ugly truth about motivation is that we don’t need it to get things done if we’ve already got the habit of showing up to do the work. You need to just keep showing up. If you show up, the work will get done. Set small, manageable steps for whatever it is you want to do, and then have the habit of making incremental progress each day. Your drive to continue the streak will continue to grow, and you’ll be amazed at how far you can get from where you are now. Just. Keep. Showing. Up.
Published by Ronda Bowen
Hello there, and welcome to my page! I have been working as a full-time freelance writer and editor since 2008 when I decided that while I rather enjoyed philosophy, the Ph.D. program I was in was not a good fit for my life goals. Since then, I have published many papers and articles, started two blogs, worked as a senior editor for a magazine, served on the board of a start-up non-profit organization, and walked across fire.
I strongly believe that it is important to work to make the world a better place – one project at a time. I’ve worked with Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program to construct living quarters for those in need, written content for Stonewall Alliance, and edited the newsletter for my local natural foods cooperative. One of the blogs I founded, Activism My Way is dedicated to helping people get involved with causes they feel passionate about.
Although my academic background is in philosophy and social and political theory, my heart has always been in writing fiction and poetry. I have a novel in progress, and I am working on putting together a collection of short stories to share with readers. I also worked as part of a creative team on a project with a hip hop artist that involved world-building and creating an amazing back story to a concept album. I have worked with several authors to edit their novels (as well as dissertations, children’s books, journal articles, and non-fiction projects).
Non-fiction topics I have written about include pop culture and philosophy, project management, business startups and management, insurance, technology, and much more. I also have created web content for a wide variety of clients (ranging from gas station owners to hotels to lawyers), and I’ve had an opportunity to interview some amazing people (Michele May, Kevin Sorbo, Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Mark Victor Hansen to name only a few). Needless to say, I love what I do.
I enjoy photography, and my subjects these days are usually my children as well as food, beverages, craft projects, and other such things for my blog, Wining Wife™. My favorite subjects are landscapes, nature (particularly clouds, flowers, and trees), and architecture.
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