Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Excuses and Motivation
Confession time! Besides blog posts and journal entries, I haven't written anything in over a month. A month! My editor returned her notes to me right after Memorial Day weekend, and I haven't even opened the document. I feel as if spider webs are growing on my laptop.
At first I came up with loads of excuses...my son's graduation, end of school year banquets, hosting a swim party with 35 freshmen. My list of excuses was looooong. But really, there are no excuses. I just haven't been motivated.
But! I'm going on a mini writing retreat with a couple of friends soon, and I'm looking forward to quiet time to open up that document and get back to work. I'm motivated to be motivated :)
In honor of my long list of excuses, and my desire to motivate myself to be motivated, I'll share some quotes with you:
"Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure." -- Don Wilder and Bill Rechin (ouch!)
"There is always a perfectly good excuse, always a reason not to. The hardest freedom to win is the freedom from one's excuses." -- Robert Brault
"You can make excuses or you can get the job done, but you can't do both." -- Hap Holmstead, The Biggest Loser
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." -- Lou Holtz
"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent." -- Norman Ralph Augustine
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily." -- Zig Ziglar
Have you been consistently writing? Or are you like me, and haven't opened a document in a while? Do you have a long list of excuses? Are you sufficiently motivated? Please share!