Do it when it’s not fun

Dedication

I tell my kids, it’s not always fun, but if you want to be good at something, you have to do it when it’s not fun.Flea

Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.Chuck Close

I’ve been guilty of failing to act when I’m not feeling motivated. The fallacy is in believing that motivation is an independent entity, under its own control, and that if we just listen right or wait long enough it’ll speak to us. The image of a blocked writer staring out a window comes to mind.

But true motivation always comes from doing, not waiting. Motivation is the byproduct of problem-solving and actively engaging. Every time I’ve passively waited it has only caused me to become less inspired and less motivated.

If you have days where you lack motivation to train or get things done, the best response is to do it anyway. Make a decision to stop being a slave to how you feel. Feelings are fickle things. Instead, roll up your sleeves and make a choice to get to work.

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