Writing and running are two of my biggest passions. So, when someone recommended I read the book “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” which is a book that talks about both writing and running, I was excited to read it.
This is an interesting book, but the one thing that stood out to me the most when I read it was the method that the author Haruki Murakami would use to stay motivated to write and run every day.
In this book, Haruki Murakami says,
“Right now I’m aiming at increasing the distance I run, so speed is less of an issue. As long as I can run a certain distance, that’s all I care about. Sometimes I run fast when I feel like it, but if I increase the pace I shorten the amount of time I run, the point being to let the exhilaration I feel at the end of each run carry over to the next day. This is the same sort of tack I find necessary when I write a novel. I stop every day right at the point where I feel I can write more. Do that, and the next day’s work goes surprisingly smoothly.”
This idea is the reason why I never let myself finish a writing session at the end of a paragraph or even a sentence.
I already know exactly what I’m going to say at the end of that paragraph or sentence; I just don’t allow myself to say it until my next writing session.
By stopping my writing sessions at the point where I feel the most exhilarated, I’m able to use the motivating force of the drive for closure to always feel impatient to write again.
This is a method that works extremely well, whether you want to be an artist, an entrepreneur, or a writer.
Remember, life is a marathon, not a sprint. So, in order to keep on going, you have to maintain a rhythm for yourself.
Following Haruki Murakami’s method of maintaining rhythm is one way you can maintain enough motivation to follow through and finish long term projects.