Aspire to Perspire

Aspire to Perspire

Once upon a time, there was a guy. This guy had great ideas and ambitions, truly on the level of the famed American dream. He wanted to started a blog were he wrote about whatever may be on his mind. The plan was to put out quality content every single week. But slowly the desire to sit down and write began to fade and once a week became once every other week. Then it became whenever he felt like it. Before he knew it, it had been two whole months since he had posted anything.

Okay, you caught me, the “he” in the story is me.

When I first started this wonderful thing called Shower Thoughts, I planned on posting much more frequently than I have. I had ideas for other types of content. The desire to post is still there and I’ve got more ideas than ever floating around in my head.  I have no lack in the content area. What I do lack is something else entirely.

This semester, I went back to a full-time school schedule while still working part-time at my job. As a result, the amount of free time I have dropped significantly. Between work, school, and other responsibilities, I feel squeezed dry come the weekend, which is when I usually write these posts. As a result, motivation to sit down and write is hard to come by.

And therein lies the problem: motivation. As I said, I’m not lacking ideas. I’ve got a list on my phone of some 20 ideas for posts, and those are just the ones I’ve remembered to write down. I’m just waiting for that perfect moment where I feel the unstoppable urge to write, as if the words will literally start oozing out of me if I don’t.

Spoiler alert, those moments have come maybe three times in the ten months I’ve been blogging.

When those “aha!” moments come, they’re absolutely great and you should take advantage of them when they do come. But wait for them to come before you start working, and you’ll quickly find yourself going down an unproductive route. Don’t believe me, go read the first paragraph again.

That old Edison quote “genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” is so true. The work you do relies more on the grunt work you put in than the rare moments of pure motivation. Sometimes, you just have to suck it up and be an adult. Sacrifice an hour or two and write the blog. Spend less time watching TV and pick up that old hobby of yours. Put down your fourth cookie and start that diet.

Stop making excuses and start making time.

Is it hard? Duh. Anything worth doing is. But I know there’s more long-term payoff for writing these words down than watching yet another pointless YouTube video. Even when you don’t feel like it, especially when you don’t feel like it, you just put your foot down, say “no” to yourself, and start perspiring.

Originally posted 10/28/17
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