The first go at anything is daunting; so much so, in fact, I can’t help but feel exhilarated by the adrenaline rush. It’s an odd feeling, hard to explain and whenever I worry if an audience is going to grow in the months to come, I retreat back to this sort of bittersweet feeling - something like a coping mechanism. I’ve written three articles with care and one I’m very much proud of. My social growth, of which I started 30 days ago, is having a nice growth spurt this week due to implementing new strategies.
Motivation is a myth. What you need is discipline. Screw the romantic idea of productivity. Let’s throw away all our excess “inspo” obsessions and Instagram worthy “tea and yoga” morning routines. Instead, a personalized lifestyle breakdown, workaround, and solution strategy for motivation addiction is what we’re looking at today. High achievers do not rely on motivation and neither should you.
I often wonder how artists and writers and filmmakers and influencers and all-around creative folk become successful online. Not in that they have a lot of followers on Instagram or notoriety elsewhere. I wonder how they are able to hone in and focus on one concept or set of ideas for long enough to accumulate a massive audience. Consistency has been a struggle for my entire adult life. The introduction of healthy productivity habits and lifestyle changes has helped … but not entirely.
Status seeking at its core is the respective access to valuable resources within a social group or set of social groups that make up a larger community. Most animals in communities with contested resources tend to rely heavily on status in order to obtain dominance over another. This includes strategically taking away the status of a neighbor in order to climb one notch higher on the notoriety ladder. Humans, of course, are no different.
We tend to blame “electronics” or “tech” for the cause of our attention deficit society. I’ve fallen into this bubble of cynicism as well, quick to turn off my phone or install several website blockers or timer apps for focus. However useful these strategies can be from time to time, I still find myself feeling overwhelmed by external forces. Yes, my notifications are turned off but still I wonder: How many followers did I get on Instagram in the last 3 hours?