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If you have read my introduction post, then you may remember that I recently lost my job because of health issues. This of course means a huge amount of worries about the future, mainly regarding our finances.

I’m sure that I don’t need to go into any details for you guys to understand that one income less will leave a huge gap in our account.

But despite that, despite the worries, my husband and I have decided that it’s not the right time for me to start looking for a new job. I was very unwell for 18 months, and have only just in the past few weeks started to get better. We’re both worried that if I go back into the corporate rat race too soon, that I’ll fall back to square one.

So we decided that this is the perfect time for me to focus 100% on my writing; that’s when and why I started this blog. Not only to connect with other writers and readers who are passionate, but also to keep me accountable to my goals, and to be a sort of journal of my writing journey.

So I’ve been doing this full-time for a bout a month now, between blogging and writing my first novel. It’s been exciting, it’s been liberating, and… it’s been terrifying.

For the first time in 10+ years, I won’t be getting a paycheck at the end of the month. So I have to make this writing work.

But when you throw yourself into it full time, there are a million doubts and hesitations that fill your mind, and it can be really hard to stay focused and motivated, and to continue believing in yourself and your choice.

So I wanted to share with all of you the best tip that someone recently gave me to stay motivated; here it is:

Write down 100 reasons why you’re doing this

Blank piece of paper with pencil to make list of reasons

Yes, you read that right; it’s not a typo. I didn’t mean to say 10 reasons. It’s 100 reasons why you’re doing this.

And the reasoning behind it is simple; it’s easy to come up with 10 reasons why you’re doing this. It’s always been your dream, you have a story to tell, you have knowledge to share, or you’re doing it for the fame, the glory and the money.

But forcing your self to continue looking past those first few obvious reasons, to really start digging into yourself for the why, that’s when the magic happens. That’s when things start coming out that you had never thought of, that had always been there, only lurking in the depths instead of in the forefront of your mind.

Forcing yourself to go beyond brings those up. And if you’re anything like me, you will be surprise by what does.

Those reasons, the ones that you have to dig deep for, those are the reasons that are going to keep you going. Those are the reasons that you had hidden deep down inside because we were afraid to admit them, even to yourself. But they are the ones that are going to drive you.

Do this exercise all the way to then end. Find 100 reasons why you want to be an author, why you want to write a book.

It might take several hours, or it might even take several days. But keep going, keep looking, keep listing them. You are going to unlock things that your mind had hidden from you, and it’s going to unleash motivation like you wouldn’t believe.

I did this exercise in the beginning of the year, and whenever the doubts start to surface, whenever I think that maybe I need to give up and get a “real” job, I look over my list. I read every single one of those reasons, and I remember why this is the right choice, for me and for my family, in the long run.

And the motivation comes roaring back full speed, and the doubts flee. Like magic.

I really, truly encourage each and everyone of you reading this to do this same exercise. Sit down and write those 100 reasons. It’s going to be tough, and you might feel like you’ll never reach the three digits, but if you’re serious about it you will.

And it might just change your life the way it changed mine.

If you do try this, I’d love to hear about it!! Post a message in the comments, or send me an email with the picture of your list! I’d love to hear back from you guys, and see if this tip has helped you as much as it did me!

In the mean time, stay strong and keep writing 🙂

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