I never feel inspired to write anything. And sometimes I hate myself for that.
I would rather get up in the morning and feel super inspired.
But that's just not the way it is. It's super hard for me to get started with writing. With anything as a matter of fact.
And instead I have millions of other things going on in my head. Which I usually also end up doing instead of writing.
I even wanted to write this post yesterday, but it was already midnight when I got to the point where I was ready to write. And I was just too tired to write this piece. So I wrote that piece instead.
Was I too busy to write it before midnight? No, not at all. As a matter of fact I wasn't doing anything special yesterday at all. I can't even recall what I did yesterday. But that's another story. Anyways.
We all tend to postpone the really hard things until the very last minute. And when I say we, I mean I.
And instead we do all sorts of other things first. Mostly the easy things. The things that don't make our brains sweat. Where we don't have to put ourselves out there. Where all we have to do is to follow an agenda and nod our heads every once in a while.
But the hard things are usually also the things that are good for us. Like working out. Or exercising. Or going for a run. Eating healthy food. Or having an uncomfortable conversation. With a friend. A spouse. Or the boss.
It's hard to do any of these things. Because they all require a certain commitment. They require us to let go of our phones, emails and all the busy work. They require us to let go and start something hard.
So we never really do all of these things. We never really get started. Or we postpone those things until the very last minute. Just like I never feel inspired to write stuff. And procrastinate the hell out of it.
And the only thing I realized that works for me is to have a super strict agenda. One blog post a day. That's the only thing that really works for me.
I know. No one has to do this. I just felt this might be a good starting point for me. The one thing that's stable in my life. No matter where I am. No matter how I feel. And no matter what's currently going on in my life. It's my one thing.
And sometimes it makes me wonder why I even write if I need such a strict agenda.
Do I really enjoy doing it if I need to force myself to do it every single day? Should I maybe even stop it?
And you know what? I really do enjoy it. It's my one thing.
But just like everything in life that's good for us we tend to not do these things. Or don't do them often enough because of thousands of other temptations.
For me writing is like therapy. It's my medicine. I know I need to take that medicine. I have to do it. I need it to function properly.
And if I don't do it I feel sick. And I don't want to feel sick. And it's never about inspiration. Taking your medicine and doing hard things is never about inspiration.
So I have to force myself every single day to feel good. Even though it takes a hell lot more effort than giving in to all those other temptations.
What's most important though is that you do your one thing.
That one thing that makes you feel good.
That makes you feel alive.
That one thing that helps you to not feel sick with all of this sickness.
And then you need to do it as often as you possibly can...
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