“First time flying”
“When Jack the dog started to fly for the first time, he found out a completely different scenario than he had in mind. So much noise, high temperatures, and a whole universe filled with straight paths and curves. It was not as easy as it seemed. It became a challenge and would demand a lot of dedication, study, and mind control. He required motivation to pursue his dreams.”
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Is motivation a magic? I bet you can’t buy it at a drugstore or in the market. You can’t find it anywhere. I would say that motivation is something that is within us. In our lives, in our attitudes. It’s asleep inside us—or not. Motivations are things we can improve over time.
On an interview for Creative Live, Debbie Millman talks about an exercise proposed by Milton Glaser, his design professor at the time. “Write down, construct a vision for what the perfect day in your life could be. Declare what you want, make it concrete.”
Keep this image with you at all times. The next time you have an opportunity to do something new or challenging, call up this vision and push yourself harder. Practice this exercise a few times and see what happens to your motivations.
The secret is keep fueled all the time. People are more creative and productive when their inner work lives are positive—when they feel happy, are intrinsically motivated by the work itself. I have my best ideas when I’m highly involved and motivated with the project.
When we are fueled motivated, we are more likely to pursue our dreams in the face of challenges. And we’ll be ready to fly.
So what keeps you motivated? I would love to hear from you in the comments!
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” is a quote by the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States and as the 33rd Governor of New York. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore, alongside those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.