We all have days where we don’t want to go to work or do other things that aren’t appealing. Some of us have more of these days than others do.

The remedy?

There is none.

There’s no magic spell that can get your butt in gear. There’s no sense in analyzing the situation because the situation is quite clear.

You’re the reason you lack motivation.

 

How to Motivate Yourself

You can read motivational quotes and listen to motivational songs all day long. Do you know what you could have been doing in the meantime?

Doing what you’ve been putting off because you’d rather waste your time doing something else!

Most motivational speakers won’t tell you this truth because they want you to buy their books or attend their workshops. They want to sell you motivational hacks that are just common sense.

No amount of motivational speeches is going to make you spring into action. Hell, this blog post won’t budge you either.

Some people have the drive to get stuff done. Those people are usually successful in life and worthy of envy. Some people have this drive and some don’t.

Call it willpower or whatever you like. It doesn’t matter what a motivation synonym is. It’s not a secret trick or superpower.

The motivation definition is simply: do.

 

What to Do After Accepting You’re The Reason You Lack Motivation

Once you accept the reason you lack motivation, you can take a strong look at yourself and determine if you’re living the life you want. If not, then start making moves to change it. If you create excuses about how you can’t change, then you never will. Placing blame on everyone but yourself won’t solve anything either.

The point is you have to get out of your own way and do. If you can’t, then what’s the point in living?

Another new year is just around the corner. I missed the chance to run a new year countdown series of articles, but I hope to get the chance next year.

There’s always next year, right?

I hope there is!

A new year celebration is great fun, but that only happen once every 365 days. You should try to achieve goals throughout the year so you can celebrate more often. The more you celebrate, the better you’ll feel, and the better you feel might make you more motivated to hit more goals. It’s a chain reaction, but you have to set some goals before you can party!

 

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

If you need some new year resolutions ideas, you should take a look at the top 10 new year’s resolutions I’ve gathered from a variety of sources. This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it should give you a general idea what to aim for.

  • Get organized – Out with the old, in with the new is probably one of the most popular new year resolution quotes. Get rid of what you don’t need. If you’re not using it now and won’t within the next month, toss it.
  • Learn a new skill or hobby – Keeping your mind sharp can benefit you professionally and personally. Plus that new skill you learn might help you achieve your goals in 2022.
  • Live life to the fullest – Make the most out of each day. Discard the negative in your life. Focus on the present and plan for the future.
  • Save money – Save money and spend less. Buy what you need, not what you want and you can see an uptick in your finances. It takes willpower, but this could be a goal you focus on in the new year.
  • Quit smoking – Smoking is one of the worse things you can do to your body. Keeping yourself healthy should be paramount every year, especially with COVID-19 still a major presence in the world today.
  • Spend more time with family and friends – You should only spend time with those you like. The people who make you feel good can give you the positive vibes that can keep you healthy and motivated to keep accomplishing your goals.
  • Travel more – Although traveling might be more difficult during the COVID-19 public health emergency, visiting local sites every so often can be a nice break from the insanity of today’s world.
  • Read more – You don’t have to read long books. Reading something as simple as a short blog article can help you stay true to this resolution.
  • Eat healthier – Diets are popular this time of year. Don’t go cold turkey on the unhealthy stuff you eat. Wean yourself off sugar and salt and see how you feel. Chance are, you’ll want to completely eliminate those body and mind killers.
  • Get more exercise – A 20 to 30-minute long walk every day can do wonders for your health.

 

New Year Resolutions Ideas

While looking at Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions lists might give you some ideas, they also might overwhelm you. Dieting and exercising might seem too daunting. You shouldn’t stress out about keeping resolutions. Start small. Cut one food from your diet. Walk for 10 minutes every other day and build your exercise routine from there. Save a few dollars a week and increase the amount after one month.

Maybe set some unique new year’s resolutions like start a journal or diary, write a poem every day, or eat one salad a week. Make it interesting. Changing your life shouldn’t be boring. You might lose interest early on if you simply choose to exercise more.

You might want to consider setting some funny new year’s resolutions. Pull a prank on a friend or loved one once a month. Wear a Halloween costume once in a while. Do something that makes you or the people around you laugh. Get crazy!

Students might also be in the mood to set some new goals for the upcoming year. New year resolutions for students can include studying for a set amount of time each day or learning a new skill.

There are new year’s resolutions for every type of person. Finding the right ones for you might be a challenge, but don’t stress out too much if you can’t find one. Searching online can give you more ideas.

 

Are New Year’s Resolutions Effective? – New Year’s Resolutions Statistics

Setting resolutions is easy. Keeping them, however, can prove to be difficult. Life usually has its way with people’s plans. Stress can kill may great resolutions.

38% of Americans plan to make a resolution in 2022. Historically, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.

Are New Year’s resolutions effective?

Judging by those stats, maybe not.

Don’t let new year’s resolutions statistics discourage you from improving yourself. Anyone can make up numbers to make you read their articles. Choose the resolutions that are most effective for you and create your own statistics that measure your success.

 

My New Year’s Resolutions

I might talk a good game, but I have a few new year’s resolutions I want to stick to in 2022.

  • Finish writing all of my works-in-progress. They include 3 suspense-thrillers, 2 science fiction books, and 1 wuxia story.
  • Write a blog post every week.
  • Submit stories to publishers again. I didn’t submit anything in 2021.
  • Cut bread from my diet. I’ve already drastically reduced my sugar and salt intake. 2022 is the year I eliminate bread!
  • Walk for 30 minutes every day. I’m up to 20 minutes every other day already. I can do better!

I think those are extremely doable. I’ll keep you updated about my progress.

I hope you set a new year resolution and stick to it. I also hope all of your new year wishes come true!

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Please enjoy this trivia about my action-fantasy epic, dRain!

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Some of my long-time readers might recognize some character names. Read the book to find out!

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dRain is a standalone novel, but I planted seeds for a sequel. In fact, I have 2 more books planned. I don’t know if I’ll get to them though.

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dRain is inspired by such manga and anime like Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, and Gantz.

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dRain. What’s with that title? Why is the ‘r’ capitalized and the ‘d’ isn’t? It’s not a typo. I thought it made the title stand out.

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How about some stories behind the stories in my book, Demonica?

MC . . . not much to say about MC. One of the few stories of mine that I love. I did good with this one.

subhuman is the first epistolary story I’ve written. I tend to shy away from gimmicks, but that format was the best way to tell this particular story.

The Spot is an old story that I revamped into a first-person monster.

The Pardoner’s Tale is the oldest story in this book. Inspired by the Chaucer tale, I wrote it for said author’s class back in college. It still works.

Slugger is short and sweet. A Little League game on an Indian burial ground. Maybe there are more stories buried there . . . .

Doppelganger introduces D and Leigh to the world. They’ll return in my upcoming full-length novel, Apocalypse!

Cheerleader Massacre began life as a screenplay. Its structure has stayed the same through each draft.

Travelin’ is the second story in Demonica that takes place in the past – sometime in the 1950s.

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Please enjoy this Q&A regarding one of my most horrifying books, Terror Rising!

Q: What’s the origin behind Terror Rising?
A: I read a news article about an island off the coast of Greenland that was experiencing gravity loss. Of course the reason was otherworldly! Haha. And thus, Terror Rising . . . .

Q: Other than that news article, what were some other inspirations?
A: The Keep. Both the novel and movie.

Q: You don’t really promote Terror Rising much. Why?
A: It’s a difficult book to promote. It’s a Lovecraftian adventure. How can one market that nowadays? Not many people born in this century know who Lovecraft is.

Q: Slavici, the main character, seems to be pushed from one scenario to the next. Why make him so passive?
A: Because that’s what the universe does: push us along back and forth until we die.

Q: Does he beat back the big evil in the end?
A: In the screenplay and early drafts of the novel, yes. However, I made it more ambiguous because I don’t really know.

Q: You don’t know?
A: Okay. I do.

Q: Then does Slavici save the world?
A: Not in Terror Rising.

Q: What does that mean? A sequel? A series?
A: I’m open to the possibility, but I think Slavici’s story is finished. Maybe someone out there will have better luck than him.

Q: Will we see this big evil in more of your books?
A: Probably not. Other than my Bad Boogeymen series, I like to write standalone novels. But who knows what the future holds.

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Please enjoy this trivia about my urban fantasy epic, The Creeping City!

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Unlike most of my early books, The Creeping City did not begin life as a screenplay.

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I came up with the title before any characters or a story. I wrote the book without a plan. I wrote one chapter every day until it was finished. It eventually all came together through a lot of editing.

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The protagonist, Brittany, originally had a sister who had a whole subplot of her own. Part of this subplot dealt with civilians who were holed up in a church. It ended when the antagonist basically killed them all.

The church still appears at the end of the book, the only remnant left over.

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Please enjoy this Q&A regarding one of my most disturbing books, She Never Dies!

Q: What’s the origin behind She Never Dies?
A: I read a news article about the I-4 Ghost. I had heard stories about it before the article, but once it made the news, I had to find out what the big deal was. And thus, She Never Dies . . . .

Q: Other than that news article, what were some other inspirations?
A: Asian horror movies like Ringu and Ju-On. The scarier, the better.

Q: Is it true you lived in central Florida where the I-4 Ghost supposedly haunts?
A: For a few years. I never saw the ghost, but I never looked either.

Q: Why?
A: Because ghosts don’t exist.

Q: That’s weird to hear coming from a horror author. Then why write about it?
A: I view horror as a fantasy genre. Instead of dragons, I write about ghosts.

Q: Do you believe in anything supernatural?
A: No. If ghosts and demons existed, there’d be solid proof by now. There’s not.

Q: So you’ve never had a ghostly encounter then?
A: I’ve experienced weird occurrences I can’t explain, but I wouldn’t point at the paranormal for answers.

Q: Care to share?
A: Read my next book. Haha.

Q: Rose Miller. Can she be stopped?
A: Probably not. She’s what happens when rage fuels a life.

Q: Sequels are popular today. Any follow-ups to this story?
A: I have a sequel rolling around in my head. I have a ton of original books to write before I can even tackle those.

Q: Can you give us a tease of She Never Dies 2?
A: Haha. No.

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Please enjoy this Q&A regarding my first book, Hell of the Dead!

Q: What’s the origin behind Hell of the Dead ?
A: I read a news article about a group of police/soldiers who were attacked in the mountains by some rock and branch-wielding people. Sticks and stones versus guns. And sticks and stones won. What could cause such a seemingly impossible scene? And thus, Hell of the Dead . . . .

Q: Other than that news article, what were some other inspirations?
A: Italian zombie movies from the late 1970s/1980s. The grittier, the better.

Q: So the zombies in this book are invincible?
A: Absolutely. They’re of supernatural origin so why not? I wanted them to be an unstoppable force of nature, making a crappy situation even crappier.

Q: Why? Haven’t you put those poor characters through enough?
A: Nah. They deserve it?

Q: Even the priest?
A: Especially the priest.

Q: Care to elaborate?
A: I’d rather the book do the explaining. Nolan is out of his depth. And he pays for it.

Q: But he was trying to help people?
A: Some people can’t be helped.

Q: Is that the book’s theme?
A: That and ‘be nice.’

Q: Going back to the zombies’ invincibility, can they be stopped?
A: Maybe, but this book isn’t about that.

Q: Sequels are popular today. Any follow-ups to this story?
A: I have two sequels rolling around in my head. I have a ton of original books to write before I can even tackle those.

Q: Can you give us a tease of those?
A: Haha. No.

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Q&A

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Get to know me with this Q&A!

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: All my life. When I was a teenager, I wrote songs that I hoped to record someday, but that never happened. In college, I wanted to make movies so I wrote screenplays, but that went nowhere. And here I am.

Q: What made you start writing?
A: The need for a better life. I can write and there’s money, not a lot, but some in writing and if I can make enough so I can quit my horrible day job, then all of this is worth it.

Q: Any advice on just writing? What do you to get inspired to write?
A: I have to be excited about an idea first. Then I have to plot the story in my head. If I’m still excited about it, I’ll start writing.

Q: Throughout most of your career, what is it that you have relief of and what is it that you regret?
A: Relief: Finding an audience. Regret: I regret that I didn’t get serious with my writing in my 20s.

Q: Who are your personal heroes?
A: My wife and dog.

Q: Who do you draw inspiration from?
A: John Carpenter. Or rather his movies.

Q: Do you base your characters on people in your life?
A: There are a few characters inspired by people I know. They’re usually the horrible ones who get killed. (Names changed, of course.)

Q: Are there any recurring characters that we see or hear about in your other books?
A: Off the top of my head . . . . Characters in Hell of the Dead and dRain share the same names. Rose Miller from She Never Dies. She may or may not be the same Rose Miller who appears in Dead Pool and Rot House.

Q: Do you have a YouTube channel?
A: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB2-bhZHAXtuMUNrwJHKsdQ