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.
But if the task you have to complete has no benefit to you? How do you feel motivated when what you have to do is completely unrelated to what you are trying to achieve? Well, the reality is that you are likely to revolt against the task or the person asking you to do it. For example, if you want to learn Indonesian you are forced to learn Spanish, you are probably going to be pretty upset! Again, this makes perfect sense. You want to Indonesian, not Spanish. Therefore, there is no motivation to complete the activity.
So what are we left with? Clearly, when what you are doing isn’t consistent with what you are trying to achieve in life you will feel no motivation. As such, it is clear that what really matters is understanding why completing each task helps to get you closer to what you want to achieve. When you understand why you should do something and how it will help you, your motivation won’t be an issue.
The tasks you complete should always help you get closer to your ultimate ambition – and the good news is that most tasks do. What you really need to understand is how they do that. If you want to get a great job that you love and are paid well to do then what do you need to do? Why, get good grades of course! Because good grades equals good college equals good job. Isn’t that the line of thinking behind getting good grades? Perhaps you want freedom. You want to lie on a deserted beach somewhere sipping on cocktails. So how do you get that? Well, education equals learn about business equals start a business equals early retirement. But the fact is, you had to get an education in order to find your way to retirement didn’t you? You had to complete the tasks required first.
What do you really want from life? What are you determined to accomplish? Everyone wants different things. So what do you want – for you? If you aren’t sure what you are trying to achieve then it’s really no wonder at all that you don’t feel motivated! Conversely, if you are sure of what you want then take think again because if you really want it bad enough you should be willing to do anything to get it. If you understand what you want, the tasks simply become a means to an end. Complete the task and get closer to what you really want.
If you have to complete your Maths homework in order to get a good grade, in order to pass the subject, in order to pass the year, in order to get into College, then just do your Maths homework! Remember, it’s not about the task; it’s all about your grand ambition. Start by creating an ambition that is meaningful to you and then do what you have to do to achieve it. Now is the time to ask yourself, what is your grand ambition and what are you willing to do to get it?
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