Blogger: Rachel Kent
We’ve talked before about setting goals as a motivation tool, but I am curious to find out this week what your biggest motivator is. What pushes you to write or work when you don’t feel like it? We all wish that the joy of producing or accomplishing something would be enough of a motivation, but often it is not.
Here are some motivators that come to mind that could be what helps you to be most productive:
1) Family. Does a need to support your family push you most?
2) Money. Do you work harder because you want to make more money? Does the dream of great riches and a possible placement on the NY Times Bestseller list keep you going?
3) Guilt. Do you work harder to avoid feeling guilty about taking time for yourself?
Or is there something else that motivates you?
I’d say for me, my main motivator to keep working when I would like to procrastinate is guilt. I don’t like it when I’m keeping people waiting for a response from me and I hate feeling behind. I also want to make money to support my family, but I don’t dream of vast riches much if at all. God does seem to supply what I need when I need it. I wish my motivator wasn’t guilt, but I don’t know how to change it. I guess if I was caught up with my work all the time I wouldn’t feel guilty, but I think that’s impossible.
My second question is what motivates you to write in the first place? Do you just love writing? Do you have a desire to instruct others? Are you trying to save others from making a mistake that you made? I find that remembering why I set out to do my job in the first place can really help me to stay motivated on those days that I feel less-than-eager to work.
In my case, I chose to be an agent because I love reading, but also because I love helping authors and publishers to get good books with a good message into the hands of the readers. I think as Christians we are supposed to tell others about what Jesus has done for us and to encourage each other. I’m not much of a public speaker and I don’t feel very comfortable “witnessing” to someone one-on-one, but I can reach people with hope through my work as an agent. If I find a book with a good message and help to get it published, I am sharing hope through the writing that I believe in.
That’s an insider’s view of why I do what I do. Now what about you?
And Happy Halloween! What are you (or your kids) dressing up as today? We have a teddy bear and a ballerina costume for our daughter. I’m going to dress up as a mom.