Day 2 – Do Something

(This post is part of the 30 for 30 challenge)

Part of my inspiration for this 30-day writing challenge, apart from a good friend who spurred me on, was a blog I’ve been reading recently by a man named Mark Manson.  He writes about my things, all of them dealing with the subjects of Culture, Dating and Relationships, Life Choices, and Psychology.  I’ve been reading a lot of his stuff lately, but the one post in particular that sparked me to start this challenge was called The Do Something Principal.

The idea goes something like this:

Motivation typically comes from being Emotionally Inspired to do something (i.e., Motivated).  The Action then results in more inspiration, and thus more motivation, the cycle continues.  However, with situations that are difficult to tackle (i.e., weight loss, writing a novel, fixing a bad relationship), people can never usually get past the first step of being inspired, because the negative connotation of the situation, and or the self-doubt involved, prohibits any action, and people remain stagnant and end up not doing anything about it. writing1

The better idea, Mark argues, is to adopt an “action first” principle.  In this way, forcing oneself to act, even a small action, through negative fears and emotions, will create inspiration and motivation.  It looks something like this:

Action → Inspiration → Motivation

Which will result in a continues, self-perpetuating loop of:

Inspiration → Motivation → Action → Inspiration → Motivation → Action → Etc.

And thus, the theoretical inspiration for my current 30 day writing challenge endeavor.  By forcing myself into the Action of writing for 30 days, I am hoping to create an Inspiration to write about other things, and therefore develop a Motivation for regular writing.

Day 2.  So far so good. 🙂


Author: Zack Hayhurst

New Yorker enthusiast, cartoon caption contest contender, book hoarder, cultural omnivore, writer

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