• Michael Linsin

How to Motivate Yourself to Write

To be a successful blogger you must be able to overcome what author Steven Pressfield calls the enemy of creativity: Resistance. Resistance to sitting down to write can be so strong that you'd rather clean your house from top to bottom than confront a blank page and blinking cursor.


But the mistake most new bloggers make is that they assume the antidote to resistance is motivation.


So they watch Eric Thomas videos. They listen to E.S. Postumus and Metallica. They meditate, repeat positive affirmations, and play air guitar like Dwight Schrute. And it works . . . for awhile. It gets them through a few weeks.


It may even get them to a year.


But the resistance monster doesn't give up so easily. In fact, it grows stronger and stronger as time goes on, eventually becoming so powerful that it overwhelms all efforts to fight it. It's Godzilla storming Tokyo.


It's the Harlem Globetrotters against the Washington Generals. The Lakota at Little Bighorn. The 97' Masters.


So then, how is it done? How can a mere mortal like you defeat Gojira and become a rockstar blogger without motivation?


Discipline.


No, I don't mean the kind of discipline that itself takes motivation to develop. Again, motivation - even the Rudyesque, fire-in-the-belly variety - is fleeting. For all but the lucky few, earning a full-time income as a blogger takes years.


You need something more. You need something reliable. You need something you can count on through life's many upheavals - sickness, lack of sleep, weddings, funerals, career moves, and the like.


You need good habits.


The people who succeed at blogging tend to have good lifestyle habits. Because, you see, it isn't just one thing - or one habit - that gets you to sit down when you don't feel like it.


It's everything.


It's making your bed in the morning. It's regular exercise. It's eating healthy. It's grooving the daily routines that keep you energized and performing at your best. The discipline borne of good habits transfers to everything you do.


So if you're having trouble getting yourself to sit down to write, then begin improving your daily habits. Get up at the same time every day. Write in your journal. Get your chores done at the same time of day.


Set a schedule for yourself and stick with it. You don't have to be perfect, but you'll find that the more discipline you develop through the pathway of good habits, the easier it is to sit down and write.


In fact, in time, this method is so effective that it will be like nothin.' You'll be in the slipstream, cruising from one task to the next while tossing Godzilla into the wind.


You won't even have to think about it.


"Oh, it's time to write? Okay, then let's get after it!"

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