What Motivates You?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? Most of us have, and our motivators generally include money, desire to achieve, helping others or gaining recognition. Why do we stop before we obtain them? It’s easy to stay motivated for a short period of time. We see it all the time with diets, going to the gym, or trying to quit those habits that we know are bad for us. We get a jolt of motivation with a short-lived passion to attain, but it doesn’t stick.

Staying motivated is difficult, especially if the desired outcome doesn’t come fast enough. To stay motivated we must have a passion for what we want to achieve. Real passion will outweigh the inevitable pain that will come our way during the journey. We all have good days, great days, rough days, and some days we wish we had back to do over, but how we handle each of those days will reveal how passionate we truly are about our goals. You know you are truly passionate about something when you go to bed thinking about it and wake up wanting it even more. When you are willing to get up early and make sacrifices to get it. You think about it, talk about it, and perhaps even write about it every day, until the motivation becomes intrinsic.

This week, truly define what motivates you by taking a moment to write it down and consider whether it’s important enough to push you out of your comfort zone and make you take action that you are not taking now. Steve Jobs kept a portrait of Albert Einstein in his house. He wanted to remind himself of his vision to use technology and design to change the world. Whenever he saw the portrait he would recall his vision and redirect himself to the path that aligned with his vision. Identify what drives you, write it down and put a picture up where you can see it every day as a reminder of why you are doing what you are doing. Find your path to motivation and make this week count!

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