You may be wondering why you can’t “get motivated” or why you don’t “feel motivated” but if that sounds like you, you needn’t worry. You see, “getting motivated” is really just a myth. Motivation isn’t something you can turn on and off like a tap. Sure, you can watch a self-motivation video or read a self-help article like this one and feel full of passion and hope and have great dreams – and then all of a sudden you fall flat on your face. Life has got in the way again!
Real motivation (as in, you wake up every single day and you feel energized to take massive action towards what you want to achieve) occurs when you have a great desire to achieve something, you fully understand your ultimate destination and you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get there. How many of you feel that way every day?
But let’s focus on the mundane tasks we complete each day. It makes sense that if something is going to benefit us (and we understand what that benefit is and agree that it will benefit us), we will be far more likely to complete the task. If I want to learn to speak Chinese, then watching a “learn how to speak Chinese” video is something that will strongly interest me and I am very likely to watch it.
However, if you feel a task has no benefits to you, it will be extremely difficult to find any level of motivation required to complete it. It makes sense doesn’t it? If you are forced to complete activities that don’t seem relevant, you will rebel against them. After all, it’s just a waste of time isn’t it? For example, if you want to learn to speak Spanish but you are put in an Italian class you will feel you are wasting your time and won’t feel motivated. Clearly this is not rocket science.
Do you want to feel motivated? Then whatever you are doing needs to have relevance to you. Without relevance, there will be no motivation and no action. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t complete tasks that appear to have no relevance; you just need to understand what the relevance is and how that applies to you.
To wake up and feel motivated each day then the tasks you complete each day should be taking you towards your ultimate goals. The outcome is what’s important – the task itself is really irrelevant. Isn’t it? Getting good grades at school is really about getting into a good college or university or getting a great job that you love and are paid well to do. It’s not really about getting good grades. Going to work each day is really about paying your bills or paying off your house or funding trips around the world (or anything else you desire). So stop focusing on the task and instead focus on the outcome.
So what is your ultimate ambition? What are you striving to achieve? Do you aspire to work for minimum wage? Is getting a good job and a nice home your grand ambition? Or would you prefer to work for 10 years and then retire and do as you please? Yes? No? Don’t know? If you don’t know your ultimate ambition, then you won’t be able to motivate yourself to complete each individual (and often painful) task. But, once you know why you are doing something, the how becomes only a matter of course, not an immovable obstacle.
You can find true motivation by understanding what you want. Spend some time considering where you want your life to go, what will be required to get it there and why that truly inspires you. Once you know what you want, you will be amazed at how each boring task you need to complete becomes easy. If the tasks still frustrate you, the goal you are striving for is still not powerful enough – it is not compelling you to action. Find your true inspiration and the motivation will always be there. Good luck!
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