If you are like me, motivation is something within, but also something that seems very much outside of us. We feel it one day, driving us towards our goals and helping us succeed.
But the very next day I could find myself completely without any desire to take action or without the slightest recollection of why I was taking action in the first place.
That is why I will be talking about how to be motivated all the time, and how each of us have an incredible power within.
I believe there are several reasons for this, the most common being the misconception that motivation is the source of our success, when it isn’t.
If you are tired of having no motivation, and feeling like you can’t move forward to achieve your goals, then this article is for you.
What Is Motivation?
Here is the basic definition of “motivation”:
As you can see, the word’s meaning is pretty clear, but the vast implications that stem from this word are far more numerous.
For me, motivation can be summarized between negative motivation, and positive motivation. It is easy for me to label one as good and the other bad, but that would be a mistake. Each person is driven by one of these motivations or both.
Understanding motivation is important, but knowing why motivation is important for me is far more beneficial.
Why Motivation is Key To Success
Without a reason and a passion for doing something, the actions I take will become tedious and drain the living daylights out of me. Want to know why so many businesses fail? This is the biggest reason why.
That’s not to say that laziness, poor mindset, and financial management don’t play their part, it’s just that motivation can kill a financial venture faster than any of these.
I can be a great “doer“, but without the right motivation, I find no joy in anything that I do and quickly burn out.
I can be an excellent “thinker“, have the right mindset about success and money, but without motivation, I don’t take action or I dislike the way I am pursuing success or financial freedom.
I can even be a fantastic “money manager“, but with the wrong motivation, I find managing the money from my business or investment a chore and lose sight of the real benefits that come with handling that money well.
Different Kinds of Motivation
To utilize motivation, we must first ascertain what provides us with motivation, and what kind of motivation give us passion.
Here is an easy way to determine what motivates you on a regular basis:
- When you go to work, why do you do it?
1. “I like my paycheck and am excited to receive it.”
2. “If I don’t show up for work, I will be fired.”\
- When you create a business or invest, why do you do it?
1. “I like taking good financial actions and look forward to the rewards that follow.“
2. “I see myself becoming stuck in the Rat Race and I don’t want that.”
- When you work out, why do you do it?1. “I love working out and love the feeling of accomplishment I get.”
2. “I don’t want to get fat or unhealthy by not working out.”
There really aren’t any right or wrong answers here, but I think this drives my point home. Again, feel free to share your answers in the comments below, I would love to hear what motivates you!
Using Your Internal Power & Drive
I think it is more common for people to be motivated by what they don’t want (the negative) than by what they do want (the positive), however, for people to succeed, most people need both types of motivation present.
I don’t know anyone who is fully motivated in every area by positive motivation or negative motivation.
Everyone I know (including myself) has mixed motives driving them forward (or backwards).
I actually found myself conflicted when answering some of the above questions since “1” and “2” were both reasons that I was doing something sometimes.
Use what motivates you to propel you towards your goals. Your reasons should be a force that constantly gets you back in action.
Just goes to show how motivation for people can differ, and change for them as time goes by. Which brings us to our final discussion.
How You Can Stay Motivated
Sorry if this feels a bit delayed in light of this article’s title, but I felt it important to set the foundation for you, the reader, so you would come away with some applicable advice and strategies…especially when we are all so different.
Here are my tips and tricks to stay motivated:
1. Set Positive Achievable Goals
While I did say not everyone is motivated by the positive, I still believe goals to be an essential part of everyone’s journey.
Even if your primary focus is avoiding something, knowing where you are going or where your actions are leading you can be essential to your happiness and success.
It has been for me!
Setting goals for the next year, the next 3 years and the next 5 years in every area of my life has led me to succeed in ways I didn’t think possible!
Another great way to set goals, is to create a “Story Board”.
At the far right end of a piece of paper, a chalkboard, or an easel, write down an “Ending” or a goal. (E.g. Losing 20 pounds) Now work backwards. What will it take for me to lose 20 pounds?
“Well, I would have to complete my diet plan, and workout plan.”
Ok, and what would I need to do to finish before that?
“I would need to have completed at least a full week of detoxing or Yoga”. And I would place that as an event before he diet and workout plan.
This is just an example, but you can do this and create an event chart that you can change as you have finished an event in the story, bringing you one step closer to your goal.
2. Discover Your “Why”
I’ve talked about what motivation is and what kind of motivation drives us, but none of this matters if I don’t know “why” I am doing something.
Understanding why I am doing something, and then knowing if it is positive or negative is where the real “aha!” moments come up.
Only then will you be a Jedi… Not really, but you will be able to understand how you are being motivated and whether that motivation is supporting you.
Does your negative motivation push you to achieve your positive goals?
If not, are you really living successfully, or are you living out of fear?
Motivation should give you a reason to succeed, not a reason to avoid your destiny. If your motivation for doing something is negative, you could achieve absolute greatness, and never feel accomplished.
3. Shed Regret
While this statement deserves a whole article itself, letting go of the past and moving on is vital to being motivated!
How can we look towards the future and experience the present if we are living in the past? A bit of a cliche principle in my opinion, but true non-the-less.
My past doesn’t dictate my future, but my present does. Does that mean there aren’t consequences for our actions?
No. But I think we can all agree that no matter how much we focus on what we’ve done, our previous actions won’t change.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this article and that it has helped you in some way. Let me know what you thought and how you have kept yourself motivated!
As always, feel free to contact me and I will get back to you asap!