MOTIVATION LOST: HOW TO KEEP GOING WHEN YOU’RE FEELING DRAINED

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“How do I keep going?”


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Have you ever found yourself working on nothing for long periods of time. Meaning, you have things to do, yet you can’t get anything done. Your motivation to continue to work is just not there. We have all been in this place; for career writers it’s called writers block. That inability to write something, anything that is of substance. Which further leads to a lack of motivation to write. Only for everyone else, who are engaging in performing an action for their work, they can’t get work done. Something mentally, emotionally, just has them and they can’t shake it loose. What is it? What is that thing I can’t quite describe that causes the human brain to just freeze, giving us a lack of motivation.

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Whenever I am working and feel myself losing the motivation to continue, I step away for a while. I regroup then come back to whatever it is I am working on. You need that step away so you can get your mind right. Be in the right mental space so that you can give your best to your work. Because when you’re trying to force your work it’s going to come off bad. It’s like being a guy trying to attract women when your swag is off. Go back, work on yourself and then try going out dating. But if you force your swag, no one will date you. It’s almost like a nature thing that is set in, that even other people around us can feel when we’re off.

find points of engagement

Learn to look for an id, when trying to get motivated to work. Meaning, try having a mundane conversation with yourself to gain some form of inspiration so that you can continue and ultimately finish your work. For example, you are trying to work on a science project for school. You are having a hard time with the building of the project. So try talking to yourself about a regarding how science has benefited man throughout human history. Create all these different scenarios in your mind to the point where the conversation becomes real. IN that talk with yourself, you may not only find other additional ways to finish your project, but finish the project in a far shorter time than anticipated.


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WHEN TALENT DOESN’T WORK HARD: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TALENT IS NOT CULTIVATED?

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“Step ya game up.”


Have you ever seen someone with so much talent. Yet they choose to squander it away? It does not matter if it’s them getting into trouble or being flat out lazy. You hate to see people with so much going for themselves and then they just throw it away. One reason is because you can almost start to get all these visions for who they could be if they actually put the time into making themselves better. And at times, you wish it were you who had all this talent because of what you could see yourself doing that is more. But it was not you who was born with such talent. It was them and now you must stand aside and see them throw it all away. And no matter what you say to them it’s always through one ear and out the other. Well, is there anything you can do to deter them from their path of destruction?

Yes, there are a few ways to get through to these types of people. One way is to explain to them how much they could achieve if they put the time into their work. Sometimes people need that verbal conversation to let them see the nature of their ways. And it’s that verbal conversation that could get them to say, “I never realized that I had that level of potential in my life.” And those words of encouragement as well as someone in their corner could be enough. And when you tell them, they might even know this already, but the fear of succeeding could be holding them back as well. Almost like they’re purposely acting stupid even though they are really smarter than everyone thinks of them. And when this happens, or if the verbal discussion does not resonate with them, you have to go to the next best solution. And that next best step is to show them the results of their work.

This typically works quite well when trying to convince someone of their abilities. You place them in environments where they can see where their hard work can get them. Meaning, if you see someone that is throwing it all away, find a way to expose them to the rewarding aspects of life. Find the things that they love the most, then show them that in which they love on a higher level if they focus on their skills. And this may be the kick they need to propel themselves forward. For example, luxury goods are tangibles that the slacker loves to visually indulge in, so you use that as a motivator. Show them what they are capable of, how in reach those tangibles are, and you could turn them around. Do you want them only motivated by money, no, but if desperate times call for desperate measures, you could use this to work in their favor.

In the end, it hurts so much to see people throw away what could potentially make them the next great leader in our society. The next great scientist, attorney, athlete, engineer, entertainer, CEO, politician, or educator. And a lot of times they don’t realize how good they could have been at something in life until it’s too late in life, or they find themselves in a predicament they can’t escape. Hopefully the majority of these greats find their way because it not only has negative effects on their own lives, but they also rob society of greatness as well.


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DOPAMINE: HOW TO RAISE YOUR LEVELS

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“When it rises, your confidence will as well.”


The pleasure center of the brain known for releasing the chemical Dopamine is vital in what is known as reward-motivator behavior. We all get a certain feeling of euphoria when we experience something that feels good, which is pleasurable. And that great feeling is what makes us want more of whatever that feeling is in our bodies. There are a variety of experiences that will increase our Dopamine levels. Getting a raise on a job, winning at some form of competition, and especially engaging in a sexual activity. Our brains send signals from a Transporter into Synapse. From Synapse, it connects to Receptors where Dopamine activities receiving neurons. And then, passing the message on to another neuron, causing pleasure.

Once message is sent, Dopamine is sent from Receptors to be reused back to the Transporter. This is how we get our reward-motivating feeling. Now, let me break this down a little bit more. Let’s say we are in a classroom, and teacher is asking a student a series of questions. She is holding a bag of Image result for dopamine structurecandy, and once the student gets the answer correctly, she gives him a piece of candy. Think of the classroom acting as the brain. The teacher is Transporter and student as the Receptor. The question is the chemical and connects to the student; that connection is the Synapse. The student replies to the teacher’s series of questions. Each time gets the answer right, candy is given. The candy is the reward-motivator outside the body, but teacher, student, and questions are internal.

We love to receive rewards for what we do in life. It’s a main reason why we have goals and aspirations. With the hopes that there is something that is attached to the reward that gives us a good feeling. We work hard to get a raise on a job, and our pleasure increases. We see the successful birth of a Image result for rewardschild of ours, our levels really spike. But my question is now, are there ways to trick ourselves into increasing levels? And the answer is yes. That trick is called setting goals, staying positive, and achieving those goals. Keeping an open mind, working to achieve is a strong way to increase Dopamine. Is there anything that can effect that besides not remaining positive through life?

And the answer is yes. But I am not talking about internal, I am referring to external. That’s right, what you bring into the body can have an effect on the levels of Dopamine you are sending in the brain. Food that are unhealthy for the body causes you to be sluggish and fatigued. Your Image result for drugs brainmotivation is lessened and this can lower Dopamine. But a major issue of the external is drug use. Because narcotics trick the brain in sending more Dopamine than needed. Causing an overload in the brain, forcing transporters and receptors to crash. And that crash keeps us from ever experiencing pleasure once they are destroyed.

In the end, if you want to affect your Dopamine levels in a positive way, put yourself in a good mind frame. Be in a good place in life and also work to achieve your goals. Accomplishing what you set out to accomplish is vital in your growth. Make sure in the process you don’t bring foreign chemicals into the body that can knock off Dopamine levels or destroy them. Because that good place is the best place you’ll ever feel in life. We all know that height, known as living on cloud 9.


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SPEAKING TO THE MASSES: PREPARING MYSELF FOR PODCASTING

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“Training yourself to speak to the masses.”


This year after I am finished making my second short film Freedomless Speech, I am going  to be building my podcast show. And the show will be a scripted podcast show that aims at trying to motivate and inspire people to work hard, go for their dreams, and live the best them in society. I have been thinking about this for quite some time, and now is the time to put it all together. But, I have two dilemmas: building the podcast and making myself come across clear in the podcast. Which are two of my most important issues that I will have to work on. So, you probably asking, why this and now?

Well, I wanted to do something like this for quite some time now. I am currently working on my indie films, so I need something else to keep myself in that mode. And the podcast came to mind also because I am a fan of the Brilliant Idiots podcast. For those unfamiliar with the Brilliant Idiots, it is a show hosted by radio personality and New York Times Best Selling Author Charlamagne tha God and comedian Andrew Shultz. They cover all types of topics that deal with with pop culture. I had something similar in mind, but I decided to go in a different direction. And my direction was concerning how to motivate and inspire. And the reason I chose this type of podcast choice has to do with the climate in society.

And when I say climate, let me be clear, I’m not referring to the temperature climate. I am referring to the social climate in America and worldwide. I wanted at first to cover current events, but the current event coverage was depressing. I knew I could perform on the show, but shifting through all the negative information to talk about current events I just couldn’t do. Having to spend my days going over bad news after bad news just to talk about something. And on top of all that social, people having to deal with their own personal lives. So I decided that a motivational show would work best. And the great thing about the show, is that it will be free on Soundcloud and iTunes. I even might host a few on Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

So, remember what I said earlier about building the platform. These platforms take not days and weeks, but years of building. I am already in the third year of my WordPress blog posts and it’s going good. Now, I verbally want to talk to the world. I feel I have so much to say, so much to give to people, why not share it with the world. Why not share my outlook with the rest of the world. And if the masses gain something from it, it will mean that much more to me and to them. Problem is, so many people don’t want to build, they want it overnight and that’s just not reality. I would love to be one of those people that speak to 1 million people each week.

That type of audience takes years and a lot of work. You have to be willing to put in those hours consistently. And you have to learn to come across clear and concise. Make yourself knowledgeable about the topic at hand. But the biggest aspect of making your podcast stick is to actually tough it out. A lot of people like I said before want that overnight success. And those type of people are the quick gratification individuals who won’t make it through. But in the end, hopefully this podcast gets up and running. Monetizing eventually is important, but for now, I just want to build my audience. And spread my knowledge of topics at hand that I feel people need to hear.


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MOTIVATIONAL: THE ROAD TO BUILDING MY PODCAST

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“The build is tough, yet well worth it.”

In the year 2016, I became I a big fan of the podcast show the Brilliant Idiots. For those of you who don’t know the Brilliant Idiots, it is a podcast show by the Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne tha God and comedian Andrew Schultz. Their podcast consist of topics that have to do with current events in America today. They cover topics ranging from their favorite musicians to the political landscape of our country. From monogamous relationships to how to inspire yourself. Through becoming a fan of this show, I have decided to create my own podcast. So at the end of 2016, I had already started writing down topics I want to cover for my show.

Now, you may ask, what are you possibly going to cover. I thought about covering some of the same topics. But once I soon realized how unhappy I would be trying to shift through all the bad stuff that goes on in our world to talk about. So I decided this year that I am going to make a scripted motivational and inspirational podcast show. I have a lot to write about in regards to how to motivate and inspire. Why, well because as a newly published novelist, blogger, and screenwriter, I am constantly trying to motivate myself more and more. The inspiration comes through me pursuing a goal that most see as just some dream I’m chasing. But I’m not chasing a dream, I’m chasing the pursuit of happiness.

Now, does that mean I am currently unhappy. No, I’m not where I would like to be in my career path, but not unhappy. If it weren’t for me trying to pursue a career as a writer, I probably would be miserable. So creating a free podcast show for people to tune in and hear words of motivation and inspiration not only helps them, but me as well. You see, in America today, we are currently enthralled with the new president Donald Trump. So he’s going to be in the media enough. And me having a topical podcast based around societal issues would mean following along with the traffic behind him. In my opinion, people need some type of motivation, and to feel inspired. So how do you get people to listen?

There are plenty of motivational and inspirational shows and books out there, so how do you get them to listen. You have to provide more than just the normal motivation. Meaning, you say the words to help people feel motivated, but my goal is a scripted motivational show based around writing out words of how to push in life and steps toward your goal. And since I am in lieu of my own goals, I feel that my motivation will inspire others. In the end, people need a reason to keep pushing. It’s hard when employment is so hard to come by. You have bills and families to care for. So, hopefully, I can use what drives me to propel others forward.

2017: WHAT’S TO COME OF THIS NEW YEAR

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“What is your plans for the next 12 months?

We all look forward to the New Year. It gives us chance to reflect on the year. But more so, we make resolutions that we work to keep for the upcoming year. For me, I have quite a few plans for 2017. They include, film, theater, novels, podcast show, and photography. Now, you may think, will I be doing this all at once. The answer is no, of course not. But over the course of the year I am hoping to accomplish a variety of endeavors. My first being finishing my first novel and book of short stories.

I started my novel and short stories books in May of 2015. I am performing some line editing, then I’ll design my book covers for both books. This is a crowd builder, which will aid in my next novel and short story book. Setting a goal for myself to write a novel each year and book of short stories together is going to be tough. But continuously contributing to my blog post keeps me engaged in writing my novel and short stories. Making myself write something, anything is beneficial to my books. Well, what about my other projects I have in the works. Such as my next short film I’m looking to shoot in the spring/summer of 2017.

My first short film was ok, but this one has an ability to be greater. I know more about the process and preparation has already started. The film is a 15 minute short about a public figure and her difficulty with being honest in a world where outright honesty could hurt her career. I wrote this screenplay back in September and I have been preproduction planning since then. Hopefully, this will bring me one step closer to making my first feature film. Which is why I also have taken an interest in photography. Working with stills I feel could improve more of my visuals in regards to film.

A more personal goal is health. Towards the end of the year, winter has brought sicknesses; yep, flu season. My internal resolution is to keep the mind as well as the body healthy. To eating healthy and living healthy. Which brings me to another project, my podcast show. I thought about making the show pertaining to societal issues. But that can be depressing, so I want it to comprise of motivation and inspiration.

In the end, a lot of people make resolutions, but few stick to them. Resolutions are a commitment. And they are commitments at times which requires you to work outside of your normal day job. But it is possible. You are a decision maker in your own future. Make plans and stick to them. Unless an emergency arises, they shall not be broken.

 

AMERICAN DREAMS: THE TRUTH OF WHY WE WORK

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“Why we are so romanticized with the baller lifestyle?”

Wake up at 7:00 A.M., and go get into the shower. Get dressed and prepare yourself for work. Leave the house by 8:00 A.M., and embark on your commute to work everyday. Get to work by 8:30 A.M. to 8:45 A.M. Do your usual hellos to your coworkers and get settled in. Work until 12:00 P.M. when you take your lunch break. Come back from lunch at 1:00 P.M. Work until 5:00 P.M. and leave work for the day. Get home by 6:00 P.M. so you can start cooking dinner. After dinner, you lie your head down at around 9:30 P.M./10:00 P.M.

The previous is 5 days per week. Hang out Friday night, slack off Saturday, and prepare next week on Sunday. All that has been stated is the definition of the real world. All those hopes and dreams of being this baller; living in a palatial mansion is a fallacy. Well why, why do so many live this daily mundane grind. For starters, a lot of people underestimate the time one must spend to get to that next level. And when I say next level, this could be ambiguous. The next level for some might be moving from poverty to middle class. And others it could be from middle to upper middle. But what about upper class. What about your dreams: the 10,000 sq. foot mansion with a fleet of luxury cars in the driveway, and a state of the art interior living space. In addition, what about your private Lear Jet which will take you to St. Tropez for the weekend.

Ha! What a joke. That lifestyle is possible, but like I said before, people underestimate the time it takes to climb. They don’t understand that working 8 hours per day, 5 days a week won’t get you there. They don’t realize that after everyone else goes home you must be still working. While they are in deep sleep, you are just about to lie down. But here is the kicker, you must wake when they do, if not before. So instead of the working 40 hours per week and sleep 56 hours per week. You are really working 63 to 100 hours per week and sleeping 35 hours. You must be thinking; WHAT THE HELL! 100 HOURS; GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!

But we call this the grind. Some people say, “I worked 6 hours today; #grinding.” Or they’ll say, “Did like 30 hours of work this week; #hustle.” Let me explain my daily regimen. I awake at 5:00 A.M., out the house by 5:30 A.M.. Walk sometimes, yep walk, to work which starts at 7:00 A.M. Get off the first part time job at 11:00 A.M. Afterward I am in the computer lab until 10:40 P.M. Sometimes I have a double shift from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.; or a 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. then back to the lab until 10:40 P.M. When the week is done I usually have about 25 hours to 30 hours of a part time job. But my grind is well over 50 hours pursuing filmmaking and writing my books. So, I am typically working a good 80 plus hours in a week.

That means I do more in one week than you will in two. Why is that, because I understand something a lot of people my age don’t and that is that this American Dream everyone talks about is a heavy grind. Well, why is it so heavy. Uh, you don’t think you can work 40 hours per week and excel through the ranks, right. No, no, no; you must be still working while everyone else is relaxing. So by the time they realize it, you’re way past them. But it’s more than just talking about it, you have to put in the work. And this is the part where people fall flat.

This all sounds stressful, but why is it so hard when it looks so easy. Because that is the game, to make you think it’s easy. You can conquer the world. You can be successful beyond your wildest imagination. But the time will wear and tear on the average Joe. You see the internet has really shown us where we are in our lives. In the past, you had to seek out people to know where you stand financially. But now, one click in a Google search engine, and you are able to see how broke you really are in comparison to others. And this is the problem.

You see, America was not designed for everyone to be a baller. Don’t get me wrong, it’s possible, but highly improbable. America was designed to get a middle class paying job, pay your mortgage, car note, and feed your family. Then once your children went off to college, aid them in expenses. So, a strong America is a nation in the middle. Few poor, and a healthy amount rising into the upper class and there you have it. Entertainment has also added to the illusion because you go, “Wait a minute, Jennifer Lawrence was like 22 years old when she hit big with Hunger Games. But what you don’t see is the over 10 years she put in while other children were out playing.

And in the end, there you have it. We are disillusioned about our lives because we look at highly successful people in the now. And the now is the problem because we didn’t see the struggle on the way up. Just understand something, attempt the climb and make the journey. Scary thing is, there are no guarantees of success with all the grind. You may give it your all and still fail. No one wants to fail, but in order to win, you gotta be all in.