4154: Single Hue Challenge Day 3

I’m thinking about motivation.

You don’t get motivation by shouting affirmations in front of a mirror. Confidence doesn’t come from an idea, but from having a history of undeniable proof that you are what you say you are.

So many people, Me included, look for motivation first. How can I get motivated? What do I need to do to build my motivation? 

We feel that we need to have this motivation before we start the work but in actuality it is the work and it is the accomplishment of the hard things that gives us motivation. Once we have outworked our self doubt then you can look back at what you have accomplished when things are getting tough and say to yourself, I’ve done it before I can do it again. 

It’s a building process that starts with the work first. But you don’t start building your motivation with things that are so far out of your comfort zone of ability that it’s nearly impossible. Like anything you start small and you begin to put those little undeniable truths in the bank of your history.

For art that looks like what I do daily. I have a minimum of 30 minutes every single day that I know I can accomplish at any point in time in my life, no matter what life throws at me. But that was the beginning. Now I’m able to do 2 1/2 hours of painting a day +2 hours of drawing every day because overtime I’ve continually built that history of accomplishment.

You can’t rely on motivation to get you moving because it’s fleeting and so many things in your life kill all of your motivation. so you have to have this history of confidence building accomplishments that you can dig into when you don’t feel like doing what you know you need to do and get it done. 

Those are the super hard days. And they count double for building that history of accomplishment. I’ve done it on my worst possible day so I can definitely do it today.

By reframing motivation from the feeling into habitual action, you can generate a limitless supply of drive that constantly grows.

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