There’s a fallacy behind motivation. We hear that we need to motivate ourselves to do better, to get things done. But motivation is like happiness and sadness – it’s a state that comes and goes. So if it’s not always there, if we are not always motivated to do, then what will keep us going?
What is Motivation?
Motivation is that feeling you get to “get-up and go”, to make something happen that a few minutes before you didn’t feel like doing or believing that you could.
Zig Ziglar said that motivation is the same as a shower – you don’t just have one and you’re going to be okay; you need to go back in there and have the shower again. Motivation doesn’t last, that’s the truth. You need daily doses to keep going, or at best a week. But it does degrade over a short period of time.
There are plenty of methods to get us motivated, like watching a video, reading a book, listening to a motivational speaker. They all have the effect of making us feel to do something, but it only lasts for a while.
The answer is not so much in motivation but how to keep ourselves motivated.
Keep it going
Whenever you reach a problem, a challenge, an issue, your motivation falters – “How will I overcome this?”, “Is there a solution?”, “What do I have to do to make it happen?”; these are questions that run through our mind. It’s the doubt and fear that stalls us, the unknown, the “How to”.
We forget that most of the time we do have the answer, it’s just that we think we don’t, that we can’t. By altering that mindset and remembering that we can, that the answer does exist, we also begin to feel motivated to make it happen.
When motivation lacks, self-discipline and the bigger picture can help us keep going.
I am not always motivated to write these posts – there are so many times that I have no idea what to write about. I could write about current events, but there is plenty of that going on. I feel responsible for writing these words because they can change lives. Consequently, because they can change lives, I feel it is something I must do. The only times I haven’t written is when I have been overwhelmed, have had to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
The post may be a day later, but it is written and waiting for someone that needs to read it.
So I wait to see or hear the word for the post. From where it comes I never know and that’s part of the fun. Todays word was motivation. It was in my mind from the moment I woke up.
When you’re not feeling it
Action makes it happen. When you don’t feel like doing anything, get doing it and your state of mind and physical state change.
Doing the dishes – who really likes doing the dishes (that’s why dishwashers were crated). But you know, because you’ve done it, when you get started, you switch-off and get them done. The same with any chore or work that we have to do that we don’t really want to do.
This small actions build self-discipline and this is a trait that’s needed to succeed, because you are not always going to be motivated to do “that thing”.
Sometimes we procrastinate because we don’t know what we are doing, if we are doing it right, if it’s going to be alright – if it’s going to be “perfect” (I’m guilty of that). No matter how much research you do you will still have to “do it”. And it will never be perfect.
Motivation isn’t a one-time thing, it’s an every day thing. When it lacks, build your self-confidence by doing the things you don’t want to do and act – action is the start of motivation, because you will soon begin to see the end.
Motivation is the why you do what you do. The feeling is the secret behind motivation.
Motivation is one side of a coin. The other is determination, persistence, self-discipline and the feeling.
Motivation is everything. You can do the work of two people, but you can’t be two people. Instead, you have to inspire the next guy down the line and get him to inspire his people.