Sass and Balderdash! November 7, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Mindfulness.
If posting every day is a priority for us . . . then we should find the time to post every day.
Especially if it makes us happy and we have something to say.
But what happens if we sign on for NaBloPoMo and miss a day? Will we feel like failures because we couldn’t keep up with the rest of the pack? Will we wonder why we even bothered to try?
Or will we keep posting carefully crafted quality posts when we have the time and inclination to do so?
That’s the key.
We need something to do while we’re here so we pretend to ourselves that the “tunnels we’re building” are important.
Many of them aren’t.
Research on motivation has shown that what humans really crave is the opportunity to exercise autonomy, develop mastery, and feel a sense of purpose. The more we are treated like FWU’s (Fungible Work Units) on an endless conveyor belt from Birth to Death, the less motivated we become.
When we focus on quantity ( a post a day or a novel a month) instead of quality (writing when we have something of import to say and carefully crafting our words to express it in the best possible way), we often lose that sense of mastery and purpose.
When motivation comes from within, we’re inspired to do more and be more.
When motivation comes from without, we often end up feeling deflated and defeated . . . because IT (whatever IT is) wasn’t important enough to us in the first place.
Maybe what we were really after was the anticipated rush we expected to receive in the form of external validation from our peers?
It’s not just WHAT we do that matters . . . it’s understanding WHY we are doing IT. If we are doing IT just to go along with the crowd, or to gain accolades and applause from our peers, we are generally wasting our time.
Once we learn to rely on inner motivation to set and define our priorities, we become less inclined to jump on the next-best-bandwagon that rolls down the street.
Aah . . . that’s better!
When we know WHO we are . . . we know HOW to live. ~ Goethe
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Susanna posted the 8 Finalists from the Halloweensie Contest yesterday morning . . . and I’m in the running!
If you want to vote, click this link and Vote for your Favorite!
They’re all in one place . . . so it’s one stop shopping. No clicking back and forth between blogs. Simple, right? C’mon . . . jump on the bandwagon!