What’s up my favourite internet-dwelling whippersnappers?
How’s the Potassium-life going for you? How’s it hanging?
Today I would like to venture into the topic of „motivation.”
Now you might ask „what brought this on? Why are we suddenly talking about motivation when all I care about is doing the singing stuff on the inter webs? I don’t need extra motivation for that lol.”
Well, dear SakuraKoKitsuneHimesan55x3SasukeRulezYolo you are indeed correct to say that we are here to have fun and to enjoy ourselves and that it usually doesn’t take a lot of effort. But, what you might not know is that even doing what you love can, overtime, become stressful and difficult to manage on top of all these other things you should be doing.
As a singing-person pioneer-veteran… your amigo?-thing I can safely say that this is something most of us go through as our interests dwindle and/or our perception of our own skills becomes stricter. This is not only applicable to singing though. In fact, what I’m going to talk about is actually stuff I found out about because I wanted to become a better student. It helped me enjoy being a student and working harder for it . This in turn has spread into my attitude towards the rest of my merry little banana life and managed to make me more motivated and self-confident about my worth and the value I can provide for other people.
In this post, I would like to try to impart these pieces of wisdom I had to learn the hard way over years to you, for free, by talking about what motivates me and how we might be able to get some of your motivation back.
Q1: Firstly, I would like to ask of you though, do you really want to try this?
The first question, for any life/vision changing step you’re undertaking in life, is if you really want to do this. Motivation might not seem like such a huge deal cause „I’m occasionally motivated” is what most people say, but if you really want to get yourself out of the dumps it’s important to be VERY honest to yourself and take the blame when it’s due, but not in a manner that paralyses you. Take the blame and be open to reassemble all of that knowledge into a motivator and teacher for your next step. Step out of that comfortable zone where you can sit in front of your laptop for hours even though you don’t feel very happy about it, and thread upon a new land which might have even better and cooler opportunities there for you that will make you into the kind of person you really want to be!
Q2: Let’s bite off the tip with the question: What is Motivation exactly?
How would we define it in one paragraph or so?
According to Merriam-Webster, a dictionary site, motivation means the following:
- the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something : the act or process of motivating someone
- the condition of being eager to act or work : the condition of being motivated
a force or influence that causes someone to do something
According to Wikipedia, Motivation means the following:
Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behavior. It gives the reasons for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa.
- As we can read, Motivation is closely related to a „reason” for a certain action/way of thinking.
- It’s a state of being rather than a particular action you do and get over with „I AM motivated.”
Motivation is very much related to our goals and how much we feel they are realistic and how much we want to reach them. When you are motivated it’s easier to keep working on things you might not enjoy very much for the sake of the bigger picture. It picks you up when you’re feeling dispirited and is a contagious spark you can pass on to anyone else that has opened their mind to the possibility of doing better and having fun as they roll with it!
I’d also like to shove the notion off the table that we can’t have fun as we work hard. At the same time I would also like to emphasise that everything „fun” has a sh*t side to it.
- Singing is fun, getting stupid comments on your hard work is not.
- Doing art is fun, art theft and people thinking you’re a donkey that poops art and treating you as such suck.
Q3: The key here, is to be honest and ask ourselves „how much do we want this goal, this reward, that is connected to all this labour we’re putting into it.”
I would personally say that, for example, that getting a degree is really worth the few years of struggling it takes. But, that might not be the case for every person on this planet. If you feel it is really not and you have a different plan, then go for it.
Some of the most successful people don’t have a degree, they got somewhere on pure motivation and drive to reach their goals no matter what unconventional path they had to take.
Just remember here that every road to success requires you to extort as much effort, mentally, as would nights and nights of cramming and report writing. There is no shortcut, even so called „talented” people did not get where they got merely as a birth right. They worked hard, persevered, were motivated, took risks, etc… And that’s just how it works. Saying “I simply wasn’t born with it.” is therefore never a real excuse!
The only difference between you and them would be your amount of motivation that would catalyse behaviour that brings you closer to your goals, which could become your key to success in whatever field you venture in.
Take Art for example: you can talk to any freelance artist on the internet that is trying to pay off their bills through their art and they would tell you how hard it is. It’s hard, it makes you want to quit so many times, but they are not quitting. Why are they not quitting? Speak to the people that aren’t quitting. Surround yourself with the artists that work regularly and keep trying to improve. Where do they find their motivation? What drives them? Search until you find the one person that seems to have some sort of succes formula and learn from them.
Q4: What do you REALLY want to do? What steps do I need to take to reach my goal?
Be idealistic and realistic, the both of them seem to cancel each other out, but if you find the way in between anything is possible. Think of your dreams as business ventures rather than „impossible” or „most likely.” What kind of steps would you need to take to get to your dream? There are people that have become modern day pirates. How did they do that? It doesn’t matter what age you are at, think about it. How can I be part of this world?
Talk to people that are on this journey or that have reached the place you would like to be at. It’s okay to give phone calls to companies or just walk in and ask for a conversation.
Now for Youtube specifically I would like to advice you to:
- Be pro-active and thorough. Go out of your way to look up different singers that align with your taste of music or vision for your channel.
- Follow them on their social media accounts, look what type of people they are. Do their visions correspond to yours? Would you make a good team? Why do you think so?
- Do not only contact them to get attention for yourself and your channel.
Firstly, it would be respectful to create value for them: Share their music if you like it, talk about their stuff with them, see where they stand and THEN ask if they would like to join you for something you think would appeal to them, etc…
It seems like a roundabout way, but I figure that this is the most respectful way you can go about it. All it takes is sincerity and honesty to yourself.
Q5: Why do I contact people? What do I want for myself and my channel?
Do I want:
If you choose the first then that is your vision and choice of course, but I personally believe it would decrease the value of your channel and what you do in the long run. This depends entirely, of course, on what you are offering on your channel. Some types would benefit from this, some won’t.
Now for the second choice, it will take some effort but it will pay off in the long run.
I would say, shoot until you hit that sweet spot that will land you in that place you want to be at whilst still having room to breath and enjoy yourself!!
- Don’t be afraid to decline opportunities that are not aligned with the vision you have for yourself. Don’t worry not being in every CB/Collab/Whatever even if the other side seems like this great social media presence. If they do not align with the vision you have with your channel why bother? It would probably not benefit either of you if you end up in a project you can’t be proud of, especially if is longterm.
- Don’t make „connections” out of the blue, create value for the person you’re connecting to and they will generate value for you.
I won’t say I’m an expert on the topic, because obviously I am not… Let’s say I’m an eternal student and someone who has a past littered with all the things you shouldn’t be doing to be a productive part of this society. These experiences, however, have lead me to change and to deeply think about the topic. Even more so than most people, who are averagely getting their stuff done, would. Simply, because everything I value is somehow also connected to being productive and motivated for what I believe in.
I’ve read books like „Outliers” and „The Power of Habit” on top of regularly listening to podcasts and reading blogs like CollegeInfoGeek’s, WtfProfessor, etc… to start developing my own methods and thinking patterns to motivate myself. This post is a very small part of a huge thing I still have, mostly, in my head and I would love to get into this subject more detailed once I got it all figured out properly. For now, a quick overview and starter for a pretty long theory that took me way longer to develop.
Thank you for your attention!
The Power of Habit: www.amazon.com/Power-Habit-What-…he+power+of+habit
Getting Things Done: www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Do…words=David+Allen