Start small, think big.

Problem with motivational speakers

I write this one for myself. And for You too. Every day do something new, something different. By experimenting, you explore. You may find something that will be an interest for you. You can find something good for you or something you are good at. Have big dreams. Have great ambition. Focus on your goals. Start on something manageable. Do the first step, not everything at once because you will get overwhelmed. Be realistic. Have realistic plans and goals…

Have you ever heard someone saying:

You should be distracted. Don’t work towards your goals and don’t be realistic. Maintain your bad habits.

Every motivational speaker I heard uses truisms (Truism is a statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting) to be legit, to be agreeable. No one will stand up and say:
Noone: Hey, you shouldn’t take care of yourself! You should be unreasonable!
because every other person could just say:
Every other person: Everyone knows a motivational speaker is right. How could you disagree with him? Give him pat on the back, because he knows, what life means! He will teach you how to live, you moron!

So why even start talking anything on the subject? Everyone agrees on the truisms in this talk. Everyone knows it is better to accomplish their dreams. Isn’t it pointless to talk about it?
Maybe it is. Maybe it is not. The truth is if not for Siraj Raval and his video:  “How to Find Meaningful Work In Life” this post would not exist. It made me wonder and think for fifteen minutes now. And inspired me a little bit. And that made all the difference.

See video here:

Motivation is a hoax

The biggest problem with motivation is, it is very short term. It is hard to build something big in very short amount of time. Motivation comes and goes, so it shouldn’t be what drives us. We need something bigger. We need something that lasts.

When you are driven by passion instead of motivation, you can do much more, because passion lasts longer than motivation.

Habitual time boxing

Habitual time boxing is a technique of scheduling your time. Let’s say you want to build some software. You choose to do program it an hour a day, until it’s done. You start small, with just an hour of work, but day after day you work on it, until it becomes bigger. If you were just motivated to do it, it is likely you stop after a few days, when your motivation decays. But if you create a habit, of doing it day by day by day, for 60 or 90 days straight, not because you feel motivated, but because years ago you made a habit of working on this kinds of projects. This is habitual.

Let’s talk about the time boxing part. If you reserve an hour, 30 minutes or what have you, you just don’t do anything else during that time. No facebook, no phone calls, no nothing. Just you and your work. This is a part when you stay focused and do the work.


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