What motivates you?

A couple of nights ago, we had just finished a show and I was on the bus about to go to bed. My phone buzzed. My wife had sent me a one word text:


That was enough. I got out of my bunk and cranked out a blog post. It was actually pretty good.

I know that nobody really cares. The world will continue to spin on its axis whether I do a blog post every day or not. But my world will suck quite a bit, because it will be another little commitment that I’ve made to myself and others that I haven’t followed through on.

A couple of years ago, I told everybody I was giving up Diet Coke. And I did. I actually could have kept it up indefinitely. Then I was on tour last year, and was in catering, and they were out of other drink options. I was too lazy to go back to our bus or dressing room to look for water. So I fell off the wagon. It’s kind of all or nothing for me I guess. Knowing that helps me realize that when I commit to do something, I’ve got to follow through.

I have had a few people gently try to tell me that I’m being too hard on myself for keeping up this challenge. But I do not know any other way to go about it. The best form of motivation I have found for me is to tell a whole bunch of people that I’m doing something so that whenever they see me they’ll ask about it.

That’s what works for me. You may have a completely different tactic, and that’s totally fine. But the key to changing anything in life doesn’t happen at the willpower level, or the commitment level. That’s why we fail every year at New Year’s Resolutions (I’ve actually kept mine so far this year, but that’s another story!). Real change happens at the habit level. You do something so much that you start doing it without even thinking about it.

Start small, and make some small changes. They just might add up to a lot.

What about you? What motivates you? I’d love to hear about it. Maybe it will help me, too! Let me know in the comments section…