Impulse motivation is like impulse shopping. Actually, it sometimes may lead to impulse shopping which is when it is at its most dangerous. Let me give you an example to show you how it works:
You wake up in the morning feeling motivational. Maybe it’s a nice day, a new season, or the first Saturday you’ve had free in a long time. You feel productive and ready to take on the world. You decide on the spur of the moment that you want to learn…let’s say…Korean. So you start small by looking at Korean learning websites. Maybe you jump on Youtube and start to listen to Korean music or watching the famous Korean dramas. You even look into pricing out a used edition of Rosetta Stone on Amazon. But it’s still not quite enough. Now you are addicted to this idea of learning it. Right now! So you head to the bookstore. After spending an hour or so sifting through the entire language section trying to find the perfect books that will help you learn the fastest, you make your purchases and head to the closest coffee shop (which lucky for you is usually conveniently located inside the bookstore). You get through one or two or even three of the lessons, trying to memorize vocabulary and absorb it all into your brain, one cafe latte at a time. Then, your sugar high comes to a crashing halt and you just can’t learn anymore today. So you go back home with your new purchases and put them in a convenient place on your desk to attack again tomorrow. You tell yourself that you will dedicate one hour a night to learning this new and fascinating language.
Then you never touch them again.
Ever been through that kind of day? I have. Often. I’m known for it actually. Just ask the guitar that I was – for a day – so eager to learn. It now sits in my closet, barely touched and barely visible under the hanging winter clothes. You can insert just about any hobby into this equation. Maybe you suffer impulse motivation to learn a new language, a new musical instrument, how to knit, cross-stitch, do pilates, yoga, meditation……the list goes on and on. I used to think I was the only one who suffered these days of motivation, but a good friend of mine mentioned it too, so I have a feeling it is a contagion. They are like a 24 hour virus. After the virus is over you think ‘why did I just spend like $100 on something I don’t have time to learn right now!’ …or something similar.
So what hobby did impulse motivation suck you into?