Sometimes you only need one reason. One reason to start working on your next big thing. One reason to take up the last book you didn’t finish. One reason to pick up the phone and call that old friend you didn’t talk to in a while.
But it takes a lot of
motivation discipline to actually keep working on them. Be it a project or a book — you need to keep working on it until you finish. Motivation is transient. It won’t help you after you get past the initial hurdles. It’s discipline that matters. It’s discipline that can turn a mundane task into stepping stone to something bigger.
I have taken up too many projects that I started with a lot of enthusiasm. Initially, I would work on them until I burn out. This would go on for weeks at the end. But due to overkill, I would slowly lose all interest in the project. And finally after working on something more than a month, I would leave it unfinished.
It’s not that I lack motivation. It’s discipline that fails me every time. If I could only keep working on without overkill, without burning out, these projects could see the light of the day.
At this point, I think it’s my discipline that needs to be worked on. But honestly, the initial rush of excitement to finish a project is difficult to let go.
I am working on my discipline (even the age of 32), hopefully, someday I would be able to overcome all this.