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    MarchinBunny

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    Ok, so I figured I might as well make a topic on this while I was thinking about it.

    I find motivation is hard to come by for me. I may think about practicing artwork for a split second before I think "eh, don't feel like it." Then there are times when I do decide to do artwork, but half way through I may get bored and just stop working on it and begin procrastinating to continue.

    It's not like I don't find it enjoyable either. I do enjoy doing artwork, but just never am able to find the motivation to do it.

    Course it's not just artwork it was just an example, it really applies to just about anything.

    I do know of only one way to keep myself motivated, and that is competition. Which is funny, because I generally don't like competing with other people, but I most certainly do like a rival.


    So, what keeps all of you motivated? Any suggestions, ideas, or just thoughts on the matter? Anyone else have a similar problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brabbit1987 View Post
    Ok, so I figured I might as well make a topic on this while I was thinking about it.

    I find motivation is hard to come by for me. I may think about practicing artwork for a split second before I think "eh, don't feel like it." Then there are times when I do decide to do artwork, but half way through I may get bored and just stop working on it and begin procrastinating to continue.

    It's not like I don't find it enjoyable either. I do enjoy doing artwork, but just never am able to find the motivation to do it.

    Course it's not just artwork it was just an example, it really applies to just about anything.

    I do know of only one way to keep myself motivated, and that is competition. Which is funny, because I generally don't like competing with other people, but I most certainly do like a rival.


    So, what keeps all of you motivated? Any suggestions, ideas, or just thoughts on the matter? Anyone else have a similar problem?
    A method I've used in the past is printing out monthly calendar pages from the internet.

    I'll write my goal on the top margin, such as "Workout everyday," and each day I do it I'll put my initials on the date box. I find after doing it for a week or so, it's very hard to accept stopping the streak.

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    I write lists of things to do, both at work and for chores at home. I feel a sense of accomplishment whenever I cross something off the list. Some things like "laundry" take more than one attempt to complete. Other things like "walk the dog" is an easy one and helps get me moving for other things.

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    MarchinBunny

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    Interesting ideas, though both wouldn't work for me. I actually lose motivation to do the list or calendar, just as much as I would with anything else XD.

    Maybe I am just that lazy. o.o

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    I have the same issue with motivation a lot of the time. There are things that I like doing, or want to do, and just can't work up the desire to do them. Like you, artwork is one of those things. I've been trying to teach myself how to draw, but go through phases where I do a lot and then maybe do very little.

    Part of the issue is that these are things that I'm invested in, and maybe it's the same for you? I enjoy them, I want to do well in them, but starting would mean that it might not be perfect. Why draw, or write, practice an instrument, study, etc if the end result won't be what you really want it to be?

    I find that a great motivator for me is telling someone else "I'm going to do ___." For me it's much harder to back out once there's a verbal obligation.

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    Spite and unhappiness. Yes, really. I want to be a good person, but that's not what motivates me to go do things. I do stuff because I become unhappy if I go too long being unproductive (which, for me, is like more than a day or two usually). I find it very hard to feel content even when things are going well, I always feel I ought to be doing more or bettering myself somehow. And when I'm dealing with other people who are jerks (as happens at times in my job), it's particularly motivating because I want to do as perfect work as possible to beat them. I'm a lawyer btw, so there's plenty of competition there, even though I don't appear in courtrooms.

    Here's a picture, this is how you do motivation. http://funnyjunk.com/Plane+crazy/funny-pictures/5637440

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    MarchinBunny

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchieRoni View Post
    Spite and unhappiness. Yes, really. I want to be a good person, but that's not what motivates me to go do things. I do stuff because I become unhappy if I go too long being unproductive (which, for me, is like more than a day or two usually). I find it very hard to feel content even when things are going well, I always feel I ought to be doing more or bettering myself somehow. And when I'm dealing with other people who are jerks (as happens at times in my job), it's particularly motivating because I want to do as perfect work as possible to beat them. I'm a lawyer btw, so there's plenty of competition there, even though I don't appear in courtrooms.

    Here's a picture, this is how you do motivation. http://funnyjunk.com/Plane+crazy/funny-pictures/5637440
    I see.
    That image doesn't apply well with me actually. Most people who know me actually have a very weird high expectation of what I am capable of.

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    I've been a long distance runner for thirty seven years now, running marathons and half marathons. I usually only miss a day about once every two years or so. I find that what works best for me is to incorporate it into my schedule at a regular set time. On weekdays I'm up at 5:00 a.m. so there's lots of time for whatever distance I want to do. My reason for going first thing in the morning was because I found it more difficult to run at the end of the workday, especially when things get hectic and I'm feeling tired or there's no time for lunch. It's easier for me to run in the morning and get it out of the way for the day. Part of my motivation comes from knowing I have a lot more energy after I've run than if I didn't run at all. After thirty seven years of running, I really don't even need much motivation anymore, it's simply entrenched in my daily routine.

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    MarchinBunny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starrunner View Post
    I've been a long distance runner for thirty seven years now, running marathons and half marathons. I usually only miss a day about once every two years or so. I find that what works best for me is to incorporate it into my schedule at a regular set time. On weekdays I'm up at 5:00 a.m. so there's lots of time for whatever distance I want to do. My reason for going first thing in the morning was because I found it more difficult to run at the end of the workday, especially when things get hectic and I'm feeling tired or there's no time for lunch. It's easier for me to run in the morning and get it out of the way for the day. Part of my motivation comes from knowing I have a lot more energy after I've run than if I didn't run at all. After thirty seven years of running, I really don't even need much motivation anymore, it's simply entrenched in my daily routine.
    Well ... that makes you username pretty literal than lol. XD

    I have never gotten so involved into anything where it has become something that really doesn't need motivation. Don't have any sort of daily routines.

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    After I left my full time church music director job, I got really bummed out and stopped practicing, or playing any music for myself. I always have to be doing something or depression will set in, so I started writing a novel, and that consumed between 6 and 7 years of my life.

    After I published it to Kindle, I started practicing again, and now I'm obsessed with learning the Chopin Nocturnes. I practiced two times today. Something strange happened. Those 8 years ago, I couldn't muddle my way through any of them, but now, they're falling under my fingers, the left hand, the octaves, and most trying, the runs that run counter to the 6/8 rhythm which the left hand must play. They are the most amazing pieces, and now I'm playing 5 of them.

    I think you have to become passionate about something, whether it's art, or anything else. Once the bug bites you, there's no stopping. Maybe it's because I turned 68 and I want to accomplish this. Who knows, but great things are out there to be done. For me, it's all about the performance and creating some of the most beautiful music ever written. If you've never heard the Chopin Nocturnes, go to You Tube and type in "Arthur Rubinstein" and Chopin Nocturnes. I might add, they're very difficult to play, but he makes them sound simple.

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