We're talking about motivation on Word Wranglers this week, and it's almost embarrassing (and entirely unhelpful) to admit what my greatest motivator is.
It's praise. Good reviews. Atta girls. The response to my new book--see it over there beside this?--has been the best and most wide-spread I've ever had. And I am so pumped. Stoked. Happy.
I've had a few rejections lately, too, plus one review that had my girlfriend and my sister both yelling, "What the hell? Did she even read the book?" Well, she probably did, and it's certainly her right not to like it and to give it a sucky review, but I was motivated by Debby and Lynn's reaction, so it ended up being a Good Thing for me.
I have friends and family who are spurred by the negative. Tell them they can't do something and they'll move heaven and earth to prove they can. I wish I was that way, but the truth of the matter is if you tell me I can't, I probably won't. (Unless it's really important to me, and that's a whole nother story.) However, if you tell me I can't do This but I'd be wonderful at That, you can bet I'll end up doing the best That you can imagine.
So what about you? What makes you pump your arm and yell YES! and what makes you shrug and go on to other things?