Motivation Only Gets You Started, It Won’t Keep You Going
“I felt an ice-cold stream of shame and I was holding my breath for as long as I possibly could.”
Even though motivation is great and needed if you want to accomplish anything worthwhile, the concept has been overvalued in the context of personal development. From earning your college degree, to making money, to starting your own company, many people think that motivation is the main drive in accomplishing these goals. However, just motivation won’t be enough.
Don’t get me wrong, being motivated is important and surely contributes to success, but it’s highly overvalued because it’s not the main factor. Whenever someone knocks you down, motivation is not the determinant for you to get back up. It’s being relied on too much as a means of accomplishing goals.
Motivation Is Finite
I was a naive and an unknowing person. I was the biggest believer in motivation and I would get myself motivated by listening to music, watching YouTube videos, and trying my hardest by using positive words and having positive thoughts. But motivation was never around when I most needed it to finish any goals I had set for achieving personal greatness.
At the age of 18, I knew for sure if I kept relying on motivation for everything, I won’t get much done. I dropped out of high school after failing three times and I hit rock-bottom. I felt an ice-cold stream of shame and I was holding my breath for as long as I possibly could. Like willpower, motivation is finite. I needed to break free from my habit of waiting to be motivated or constantly trying to find motivation.
After hitting rock-bottom, I realised I wasn’t where I would like to be, becauseI’m not the person who I need to be. This meant I needed to change. Anyone that knows a thing or two about the brain, is that the brain HATES change, and it RESISTS change.
Obviously, the pursue to personal greatness is not one you’re always going to feel good about. What makes you great is when your accomplishment was never based on the way you felt, but greatness is accomplished despite your lack of feeling motivated — pushing through to a desired outcome or result.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Greatness then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle
Make Change Happen
So, if you can’t rely on motivation to get things done, then what can you rely on?
You rely on self-discipline, which is the most important principle of any person’s accomplishment. In my previous writing ‘Building The Bridge Between Goals and Accomplishments‘, I explained with a quote from Elbert Hubbard that self-discipline is the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.
I gave away three methods to help you on your way to becoming more self-disciplined. If you listen and take action, chances are you’re going to dramatically change your life. Many people changed their lives and accomplished personal greatness before you, and I want you to believe that you can achieve personal greatness on your own terms too.
The Only Way Is Up
The great thing about hitting rock-bottom is, it leaves you with only one way out, and that is up. It wasn’t until I began to discipline myself and made habits out of almost everything in my life, bit by bit, one habit at a time, day after day.
I started to drag myself out of bed earlier; then I started to get some work done in those early hours; then I started to get more work done during the day; then I started to exercise almost every evening; then I started to read every night. Pretty soon, all these small things that were inconsistent in my life slowly became consistent. The key was that I consistently took actions towards my goals, whether I feel motivated or not.
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” — John C. Maxwell
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