Persevere Even Through the Darkest Days
There are several reasons our motivation can stagnate. At times, it might be because we’re not succeeding as quickly as we’d like, but mere perseverance is the key to combatting it. Persevere through the darkest days doesn’t mean on days you feel down and out; it means days where you feel like sitting around and doing nothing while knowing you should be doing something to work toward your goal.
So, I’m going to show you how to find motivation when no motivation is present, because despite my motivational-related Twitter/Writer’s account, there are days my motivation tanks. However, I’ve found solid ways to combat this and today I’d like to share my methods with you.
Who’s ever heard of procrastination?
What’s funny is, procrastination is usually derived from something else; fear.
In the writer’s world, fear may be a constant companion. Much of what we write about may be directly correlated to our own lives. With that said, we’re going to expose a lot of ourselves in the stories we write. In Lord of Columbia, Comeback Kid, and my other, budding projects, I put a lot of my own soul within a few characters, some are based directly off me.
Needless to say, there were times in both Lord of Columbia and Comeback Kid, these two projects are my primaries, I’d have to go through my drafts several times just to convince myself to place something in that I initially wanted to keep out.
I get it, writing, or anything we’re passionate on, is a scary, scary venture into darkness. And no, we don’t know what’s waiting for us on the other side. We just have to persevere, and when we do so, obstacles may spring up.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go
Who remembers this book?
I first read it when I was three (seriously) and the book describes the challenges in the game of life. The main character, You, are embarking off on a journey, but there are times you have highs, and times you have lows.
For instance, you fly to new heights, but may end up in a slump. But, you’ll climb out of that slump and discover new and exciting things. However, you may run so far in one direction you’ll get stuck in an infamous place; The Waiting Place. But it’s not for you, and you soar to greater heights. But, you’ll have to get used to being alone, sometimes entering unknown places that’ll scare you so much you won’t want to go on. And yet, you persevere, through the storms, and through any challenge, to the point you’re physically and mentally conditioned enough to move mountains.
And that pretty much sums up Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
Let me tell you something, and I know most of us have likely read this book (it was my favorite book growing up, as I openly stated in the first grade) and it might just be the best thing for you to pull out and read (seriously) if your motivation tanks.
Persevere Through the Darkest Days
Sure, you’re going to have dark days, and I’m no different. I’ve had days where I’ve just been plain mad.
Perhaps I was going through an edit in Lord of Columbia and noticed a gigantic typo or plot hole I hadn’t yet addressed?
These things keep me up all night.
Or maybe I worked hard on a blog and hardly a soul viewed it?
Yes, you’ll have days, weeks, maybe even a month or a few months, where things aren’t working out.
Should you throw in the towel?
What should you do?
In these times, I love to go back to the basics. A little bit of research on how to give myself more exposure, or research different ideas for my blogs. For instance, I’ve noticed a pattern on My Freedom Flame. People love my motivational articles until they get a little redundant, so I’ll focus more on Libertarian Principle for a bit. After a week of focusing on it, my viewership might drop off again, so I’ll unlock a globalist conspiracy (which takes a little bit of research; these blogs take hours to write).
My viewership in the past eight days alone has been as high as fifty-one (not too bad for a new blog where I just started implementing SEO) and as low as eight. I know once my viewership drops off significantly I have to come up with new material.
Coming Up with New Material
This one’s a challenge, because if you want to succeed in any artistic field, whether it’s singing, dancing, writing, art, whatever it may be, you need to be coming up with new material.
Sure, you might have one or two works that will last throughout the ages. But then again, even famous bands.
How many Bruce Springsteen songs have stood the test of time?
About two-dozen. Tops. He’s stood the test of time, yes, and he’s had several songs that will remain hits fifty years from today, but ninety-five percent of his songs have been lost to the pages of history.
Why do people keep buying his albums?
Because he might be sixty-nine-years-old, but he’s still producing new material. I don’t know how good it is, but die-hard Springsteen fans who know every word to just a few songs are lining up in droves (or on their Amazon account) to purchase his new work.
Face the fact: Most of your work is going to be forgettable.
Here’s the good news: If you create enough works, one or two of them will shine brighter than the sun, and that should be motivation enough. Perhaps even, an entire series.
To find motivation when no motivation is present, we must look back and see how far we really did come and realize, especially as writers, that procrastination shouldn’t be an issue because the more we tell people about our own hardships and struggles, the better they’ll relate to us.
In writing, building a readership is all about how well readers can relate to you, your stories, and your characters.