While perusing the Internet this morning, I happened upon this article on GoodLifeZen.com. Want to Establish a Good Habit? Use This Secret Mental Force, by Mary Jaksch. As one always seeking the ‘secret trick to motivation’, my interest was definitely perked.
The author makes a very good point with the difference between motivation and finding resolve. Motivation tends to describe our state of being. We already have the motivations inside of us, so the time this wanes, where we don’t feel motivated to write, for instance, motivation isn’t there. Resolve, on the other hand, provides a means to understand that you need to write anyway. If you want to reach the goal of a published work, or even a completed novel, you have to write regardless of the motivation there or not.
I realized this works with many other areas of my life as well. Exercise is a great example. I don’t feel motivated to workout regularly, but I think I can find the resolve. I can accept that I don’t like to sweat or get sore, or make that effort, but the resolve to get fit, to feel more energy, to lose this stupid weight, then I accept those terms.
So I resolve to write regularly. I don’t have to have motivation, or even write well. I just need to write. I also resolve to workout. I don’t have to like it, or do it well, but darn it all, I will do it if I want to reach my goals.