No one got anywhere difficult without commitment. Commitment is the driving force behind nearly every decision. If a person is committed to doing well in school then studying and working hard in class is a nonissue. They’re going to study hard because that’s what it takes. Similarly if a person is committed to losing weight or getting in shape — they’re going to go to the gym and follow their workout and diet regime until they reach their fitness goals.
But commitment is hard. It’s easy to back out. It’s easy to sit on the couch watching House of Cards on Netflix and choose to no study for that biochemistry test. It’s easy to make up an excuse about not being able to meet your friend at the gym.
How do you make a commitment an actual commitment?
Put more skin in the game.
This idea isn’t novel. We do it all the time with small things, casually putting in more effort so we’re less likely to back out down the road. Like putting together a longer grocery list so there’s more incentive to go to the store.
I’ve found my issue with finding my skin in my own creative career is there isn’t anyone to keep me accountable. There is absolutely no skin in my game. There is no publisher harping on me to get another book written. There is no editor calling me nonstop about getting one more source. Everything I’ve done so far has been purely motivated by my own personal drive.
With writing or designing are there just a lot of *hard* choices to make before it becomes a habit? Does routine ever take over and make it easier or is it always a struggle and a fight some days? Am I committed enough?
I have gotten past the “should I pursue a creative career?” questions and I’m now asking how am I going to make that possible?
How do I raise my own personal stakes? How do I commit to writing and creating everyday?
I feel like at some point, I just have to buckle down and do it — I can’t keep making excuses for myself. But I’ve come to the realization that I can’t keep trying to motivate myself with criticisms — I always just end up feeling like sewage afterwards. At some point I have to understand that I’m a human and a human can’t be perfect.
While I do need to make creating every day a habit, I shouldn’t see mishaps or mistakes as shortcomings or failures. And I also need to attach encouragement to the times I am creative — so I don’t become discouraged.
It’s strange. This is such a mental 180 from my old motivation practices.