What motivates you? Do you wake up, hop out of bed, breathe deeply and say to yourself, “Today’s going to be the best day of my life.” Do you? I do. Every morning I say that, even when sleeping an inordinate amount of hours on the weekend. And why not? Today ought to be the best day of our life because today is the only day that matters. That’s why for Freedom Friday I thought I’d show you what I’ve learned in the past couple of years in hopes it may move you to freedom—freedom to accomplish your dreams and freedom to become who you are meant to be.
I started watching motivational videos in the winter of 2012 after a long, dark period in my life. I had lost something incredibly important to me that year and it hurt bad. Those who know me know this dark season had lasted for months. Behind the smiles, the laughter and the song stood a man on the threshold of perpetual sadness.
Then, one morning I woke up thinking I didn’t want to feel that way anymore. I changed, just like that. I realized everything I thought could happen, never did. The still small voice in my head returned and I knew my life was about to get a whole lot better.
This blog began on the day I regained my life back. I knew exactly what I needed to do next.
I’ve had people ask me, “What motivates you? How do you keep the creativity going?” I simply answer, “I have a lot of catching up to do.”
When you wasted half of your life in fear of failure, there really isn’t much else to say. It’s all a matter of getting it done.
In the throes of this newfound energy propelling me forward, I dusted off an old manuscript I had written some time ago about a killer who hates zombies and would do anything to put them out of their misery. That killer’s name was Ranger Martin, and he called my name to finish his story.
If you learn anything from this post, take away this: Fear does not exist.
I’ll say it one more time: Fear does not exist.
We build this image of the future of what we’d like to become, where we’d like to see ourselves and within seconds of those thoughts, we kill the dream.
“I’m not good enough. I don’t think I can do it. I’ll fail. It’s too difficult. It’s too much work. I can’t. I’m afraid. People will laugh at me. People won’t take me seriously.”
Let me tell you, just because you hear someone say those things don’t mean you have to believe them. The only defeat we’ll feel is from ourselves. We are our own worst enemy. Once we understand that, once we see that, everything else will fall into place. I’m of the belief everyone, no matter how small or how weak, is capable of great things—incredible things that will astound those around them making others take note and say, “I want to be like that guy. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what he’s got, but I want to be like that guy.”
I challenge my readership today to take that one step that will make the difference. Take that shot to a life filled with challenges, opportunity and hope. Tear apart the bondage that renders you desperate. Throw away the shackles that bind you. Nothing in this world can say you can’t. You can say you can’t. Don’t. I know what it feels like to hear the words “I’m a failure.” I know what it feels like to think I’m no good. I’ve been there. It’s not pretty.
But I say, picture your dream and go after it. If someone tells you you can’t. Tell them, watch me. If you hear that voice in the back of your head telling you you can’t. Tell it, watch me. Then, do it. Every minute lost on a worry is a minute given to failure. You don’t want to fail, do you?
Now go out there and win. Always believe, “Today’s going to be the best day of my life.”
What motivates you?
14 thoughts on “Motivation”
I can relate. Well put and well worded.
“Then, one morning I woke up thinking I didn’t want to feel that way anymore.” Amen. If only more people realized they don’t have to be complicit in feeling crappy. You know, we all have dark patches, and miserable times. But eventually…ugh, I just get tired of hearing myself talk about it. You dig your own pit that way. Congratulations on looking forward. Not everybody makes that choice.
“Tear apart the bondage that renders you desperate. Throw away the shackles that bind you.”
Well said, Jack. I’m currently going through something similar with my writing. I think I’m going to use your advice to my benefit. Thank you.
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Going to share, because we need to keep in mind that we can do it. Whatever ‘It’ may be, we need little moments of positive reinforcement to keep us going.
Thanks for the reblog! Nothing quite like motivation to get the day started!
Ok I’m going to say it. ‘Awesome!’
Yes, no matter how many times we hear it, good stuff, we sometimes are our own worst enemy (inner voices).
Hurrah! Thanks for sharing Jack.
Thank you for the kind mention on your blog. I really appreciate that!
Wonderful post, Jack – you are an inspiration. And, I for one, am very glad you dusted off that manuscript!
Thanks, Katie! You’re amazing!
Usually, when someone looks at something I’ve made, and says it’s good, it motivates me. Anyway, I’m going to share some quotes, just because I want to.
They told me I couldn’t. That’s why I did.
The flow of time is always cruel… Its speed seems different for each person, but no one can change it…
—Sheik from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
A thing that does not change with time is a memory of younger days.
—Sheik from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Whenever there is a meeting, a parting is sure to follow. However, that parting need not last forever. Whether a parting be forever or merely for a short time… that is up to you.
—The Happy Mask Salesman from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.
The worst part of being strong is that nobody asks if you’re okay.
–Accelerator of A Certain Scientific Railgun
People have always said I have a learning disability. And I guess they’re right, because I’ve never learned how to give up.
– Patrick, a Walmart Worker
These are great, Strawberry! So many good quotes from so many great Zelda games!
Very motivational, Jack! Thanks! Sorry you had some dark times to go through.
Define ‘hop out of bed’. I’m more of a roll out. Strange thing is that I can’t really say what motivates me. I just do what makes me happy or what it seems that I have to do to get to those fun events.