The title of this entry comes from lyrics to the songs Machine Head by Bush and Breathe by Telepopmusik. Image source.
Breathe and know that you
can do anything. Release
This is my pep talk to myself for the 3-Day Novel Contest, which is starting soon. I recently ran into a friend of mine at the gym. We were talking about diet, exercise and being healthier. We both agreed that it is not easy, although I have found an excellent yoga teacher, and I've been working on some lifestyle changes. With a haiku theme of "breathe", I can't help but think of yoga, especially since I practiced yoga just a few hours ago. My friend also has been making similar changes in her life, but her results are even more dramatic than mine. I asked her what her motivation was, and she gave me an unexpected answer: money.
She said that she could have achieved the same results if she had just stopped overeating and started exercising. But she said she didn't feel motivated to do that, so she spent money seeing a doctor, seeing a nutritionist, joining a gym, getting a personal trainer, buying vitamins and weight loss supplements, etc. She said the fact that she was spending a lot of money on all of these things made her more motivated to follow through. I see her point. I go to the gym much more now that I am making a monthly payment, compared to when I was exercising at the free gym at my old apartment, when I was exercising for free on the beach where I lived, or when I paid the gym fee in a lump sum a few years ago. I feel like I need to get my money's worth.
I think the entry fee in 3-Day Novel will have a similar effect. Several years I tried to complete NaNoWriMo unsuccessfully. NaNo is free. On the other hand, 3-Day Novel costs $55. That is not a ton of money, but it is just enough that you probably won't spend that amount unless you are serious about completing a novel. For me, I think this competition is the only way that I will complete my first novel. I don't know why money is such a motivator, but it is. So I'm taking a deep breath and focusing on completing my outline before September 2nd. Why is money such a motivator? Is it because of our attachment to money?