VI. Get Up and Fucking Fight For It

Posted by Danny Khaos on

Get Up And Fucking Fight For It

We've all heard about it, but we never seem to have it when we need. Some days, we'll be super motivated and we'll actually finish all of the things we need to get done. Some days, we have none of it, and we're lucky we made it out of bed to get to work. "Adulting, huh?" we say, as if doing the shit we need to do is somehow below us.

 

"I'll finish the cleaning if I can get motivated!"

 

"I don't see how you do it. I know I need to get in shape, but I just can't find the motivation."

 

People look at motivation like it's some kind of wonder-drug, as if, if they could just find it or get enough of it, everything else would magically fall into place. I've got news for you - I'm no superhuman. I'm just as lazy as the rest of you. It still shows in my beer gut; you can still see all the motivation I didn't have for 20 years. What I have that so many of the people I see or talk to on Facebook lack isn't motivation - I have none. I hate waking up before noon, and lying prone beneath a barbell I'm having trouble lifting certainly isn't my idea of fun. What I have that you probably don't is discipline. I know what I need to get done, and I do my hardest to make sure it gets done. I have to do my job if I want to get paid. I have to design and market Apocalypse Order designs if I want to build a successful business. I have to work out if I want to stop being fat. I have to keep my apartment at least mostly clean if I want to maintain some level of sanity, to cook if I want to eat well, to help my kid with her homework if I want her to succeed, etc.

 

There's not a single thing on that list I actually want to do. I'm not motivated to complete a single one of those things when it comes time to actually do them. I simply know that the benefit of doing them outweighs the temporary comfort of ignoring them and playing video games or drinking all night.

 

Motivation will push you to start doing a thing, but then it will disappear. I started my business based on fleeting motivation, I bought gym equipment based on that fleeting motivation. It's my desire to do better for myself, the guilt of wasting money on expensive equipment, the desire to be self-employed, and the desire to help others that gives me a reason to keep going. It's discipline that drives me to keep making time to do all of it. Even when I'm sick. Even when I'm tired. Even when a video game would be infinitely more appealing.

 

It takes discipline and planning to follow through. "I'm just not motivated" is a fucking excuse. Pick up your pencil and draw. Buy a barbell and lift heavy shit. Write that fucking novel. Work on that god damn project idea. You want motivation?

 

You are the sole arbiter of your fate. You control your life. Get up and fucking fight for it.


Share this post



← Older Post Newer Post →


Leave a comment