“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” -Louis L’amour
One of my most popular posts on this page is titled 6 Ways to Find Creative Motivation. One of the reasons why think it’s so popular is that as creatives we sometimes struggle to find the determination and willpower to work on our craft. Sometimes we lose passion. Sometimes we grow tired. When that happens we expect there to be some easy way to ignite the fire within us. However, we just have to change our thinking because the fire and passion we need, comes from within.
I recently read a book on leadership for work entitled The Servant by James C. Hunter. The lesson that stood out to me the most and was the idea that you must take action first and then inspiration will follow. It may seem a little backwards. I can tell you from personal experience that it’s true. Whether it’s within my writing or conquering a task like cleaning the house, getting started is always the hardest part. But like the quote mentioned above, once you turn the faucet on the water starts to flow.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Instead of wasting time looking elsewhere for inspiration and motivation all you really have to do is start. It sounds too good to be true. I promise you that once you jump that hurdle and get started the task becomes much easier.
“We are more likely to act ourselves into a feeling than feel ourselves into action.” -Jerome Bruner
As I’m writing this blog post right now- I’m exhausted. I’ve been burning both ends of the candle. Sometimes I feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew but I’m striving for a better me and isn’t that worth going the extra mile for? So I made myself sit down at my desk despite my exhaustion to churn out this blog post. Not only have I proved to myself everything that I’ve stated within this post by doing so, but I hope that I’ve also inspired some of you.
Take that first step. Turn on the faucet.
Regina Bethory is a fiction author. She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor’s in Directing and Play Writing and from Newport News Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School as a Test Electrician. She enjoys spending her time learning new things, seeking new experiences and de-cluttering. When she is not writing, she can often be found in comic book stores, sushi restaurants, and small town cafes.