Does it feel like you don’t have time to do what you would love to do? If only there were more hours in the day you could fill life with the good stuff.
Well maybe it’s nothing to do with time…
So far this year I’ve struggled to get consistent with publishing new episodes of the podcast. I put it down to the number of hours I’ve been working. I keep telling myself that it’s just a ‘busy season’ and that I don’t have time right now to do it properly.
…but earlier this week I caught myself thinking a thought that made me realise that it’s not quite as simple as I think I thought:
‘Oh no, I have to come up with another podcast…again’.
“Wo there!” I thought, “talking about HAVING to do this? After what you said last week about shoulds and coulds? Come on man, that’s a bit hypocritical”. And yes, I was right. It was hypocritical. And it was telling me something about my attitude towards the podcast.
Duty vs Privilege
Michael Hyatt recently published an article on his site. It’s a post about the language of duty vs the language of privilege and it spoke to me about my own attitude and language I was using to frame the podcast.
He uses the example of a phone call he had with a friend ahead of an out of town speaking engagement.
“Oh, I’m headed to San Jose. I have to speak at a convention.” I said it with a little resignation in my voice.
The moment I hung up, it hit me. I don’t have to speak. I get to speak. That instantly changed my attitude…
Too often we say it with a sigh, like it’s a sentence—or we’re a victim. It can easily become pessimistic, and nothing will kill your creativity, job performance, or relationships like going negative.”
I don’t HAVE to record a podcast. It makes no real difference if I jack it in right now. Some people might be a bit disappointed but it’s my choice. It was my choice to start it and it’s not now some prison sentence that I have to duly serve for the rest of my life.
And yet I was talking about it in my head like it is.
How often do we do this in other areas of life? We allow things we really love to do to become burdens. Things we choose to do, get to do, and had serious passion for become little more than habits that we dutifully obey.
Or worse, we just let them fizzle out entirely. Businesses, the novel you finally began to pen, hobbies, relationships, projects that we were excited about starting get overrun. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time. We get sloppy then we allow them to disappear into the long grass.
You Probably Do Have Time
But what if the it’s not that you don’t have time? What if it’s about something else? Motivation. I have identified 6 factors that have been clearly out of whack for me over the past few months:
- Small Steps
- Boring Stuff
- Time in Your Head
In this episode I look at each of these 6 factors that can impact our motivation and think about how we can turn them around so that we can get excited again about whatever it is we want to do.
Don’t let your passion fizzle out. It needs feeding. It won’t last forever if you’re expecting it to run on its own fuel, but there are some really simple, key things we can all do right now to re-kindle that motivation.
Over to You
Do you feel like you’ve got no time to do something you love doing? Do any of these 6 factors stand out to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please feel free to leave a comment below.
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