I was talking to a writer the other day who said this, “I’ll have to see if I can find some motivation.”
I wanted to scream. I have news for those who are still in the dream world of “finding motivation.”
Motivation can’t be found. Unlike lost keys, or even the coin of great worth, motivation can’t be found. It’s not lost. Motivation is made.
It’s not made from feelings, or emotions, or delivered by a muse, or even from on high. Motivation can only be formed by rational, deliberate, intentional decisions.
God Himself can’t and won’t motivate you. Not that He’s not all-powerful, but because His first priority is to give us the complete freedom of CHOICE. He made a plan before time began. Every nuance of history and the future was woven before the first man was formed. There are no tangled threads in God’s tapestry.
We, however, are overwhelmed with choices and decisions to make. Therein lies the problem. We let the overwhelmingness of our days keep us from being intentional. We take the easy and lazy way out. We deceive ourselves into believing that it’s all too much. But it’s not too much. God doesn’t leave us hopeless and helpless. He put within every believer His Spirit to guide us into all wisdom.
We make thousands of decisions every single day. What percentage of them do we make after asking for His help? “Pray without ceasing” takes on a whole new light, doesn’t it?
Do you want to get things accomplished? Reach your goals? Work on the real priorities, instead of being sabotaged by the subterfuge of instant gratification?
Want great apps to help prioritize and plan your new year? (I wish I could benefit from these recommendations.)
The app is called Priority Matrix. I have it synced on my phone and tablet. (Free there, but costs on the computer.) Put in a master list, a weekly list, and a today list. Divide the master list into Urgent, Important, Obligations, and Eventually. (Keep in mind that only if the item is important to you and a true obligation does it belong in urgent, unless it’s unavoidable, like taking your kid to the ER) This also helps you resist volunteering yourself for things you can’t really do. The This Week and Today lists are divided into whatever categories your life takes. Right now mine is journals, home, art & writing, nonprofit & church.
Another great time management tool is an app called Hours Tracker. Great for tracking the time you spend on projects. Very versatile. Keeps me focused when I know I’m on the clock, and helps tremendously with putting a value on my time.
Ray Bradbury used this as the epigraph at the beginning of Fahrenheit 451: “When they give you lined paper, write the other way.”
That is one reason I love the creative life. It allows me a glimpse of the One who created it all. Knowing the Creator of Life allows me to ignore stupid man-made rules . . . while I hold onto my true identity without fear.
Writing a book in a month . . . I highly recommend it! Especially when the month starts out with a hurricane and no internet access for days on end now. There’s nothing like a good challenge to help you know what kind of stuff you’re made of.
I’m pleased so far. The writing is going well, the plot is thickening in all the right places, and I’m learning just how fast I really can write. Finishing my first book helped me come to grips with the idea that I can no longer think of myself as a quitter, but now have to consider myself a winner (so difficult for the phlegmatic/melancholy fractions of my personality.) Writing this well and fast at the same time is changing my perception of my capabilities. Now I know, in just one short week so far, that I can indeed sit my behind in the chair and come up with something that’s not half bad. For the half that is bad, there’s EditMo in January, when I get to throw out the bad and keep the good. What a great way to start a year!
We’re hosting NaNoWriMo Write-Ins every Wednesday in November at The Foundry Church, in Delaware County. If you’re nearby, come and join us! We’ll be there at 6:00 PM and run until approx 10:00. You’re welcome to bring snacks to share or for yourself. We’ll have coffee and hot water and tea bags, and at least some form of snack.
If you don’t know what this is, it’s National Novel Writing Month when authors and wanna be’s all over the nation join together to write 50,000 words of a novel in just 30 days.
For directions, click on the ‘contact us’ tab at the church website for a direct link to the Google map. http://www.thefoundrychurch.org/ The parking lot is around the corner at Walnut and Blakely.