Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to do anything? Well, anything you should do. Okay, so maybe some of you are self-starters, the “I’ll get this done or die trying” type. I wish I was like that. Unfortunately, I am usually the most motivated to write in this blog…in part because the only time I can fully process thoughts seems to be when I write, but also because writing here makes me feel like an unproductive worker…which is better than no worker at all right?
Since most of the people who read this are writers, I am sure many of you can relate to the half-hearted desire to write a book. I say half-hearted because although I have a desire to write a book, when it comes to doing it, I am slightly less enthusiastic. I thought maybe I should write a post to see if at least 100 people would read my book if I were to write/publish one, but I honestly don’t know if I could/would do it…even if millions of people would read it.
So, in honor of all of us who struggle with motivating ourselves, I have come up with a top ten list of excuses for not doing what you in theory want to do:
#10. You are creative – The essence of creativity is its lack of regulations. I like to say that creativity is rebellion in disguise. In order to be a true creative genius, you must rebel against that productive nature. Wait a second, that sounds like a rule. There are no “must’s” in creativity. Nevermind.
#9. You don’t actually want to do what you think you want to – Writing a book is a perfect example of this. Having a book sounds like fun, but who actually wants to tour the country promoting yourself, take a picture that might be seen by thousands on the back cover, and sign autographs all day. Can you imagine the writer’s cramp?
#8. There are too many options – An indecisive person like myself can become completely exhausted trying to prioritize tasks. It usually is better to just play solitaire or something.
#7. Deep emotional wounds – Many times we have reasons buried deeply in our self-conscious that prohibit us from being effective. Your pet toad might have died. You might have suffered the loss of a fingernail. The plight of the productive “heroes” in movies might have scarred you for life, etc.
#5. Fear of the unknown – What if you finally write that book, build that model, stop being a hoarder, etc. and you discover that as soon as you finish whatever it is, the giant from Jack in the Beanstalk will attack you in an attempt to discourage future productive efforts? Better not to chance it.
#4. The costs are too high – When you accomplish a task, people around you who witness the final product, might expect similar results for the thousands of other things they want you to do. In that case, it would be better to keep expectations low to discourage productivity predators.
#2. Not enough chocolate/caffeine – It never fails that when I am in the midst of something important, I run out of chocolate and or other forms of caffeine, and then am to depressed, tired, emotional to finish said task.
#1. You enjoy excuses too much – Why try to actually do something when you could come up with top ten lists of why you can’t do it?