Motivation can be a powerful tool to help you accomplish your goals, but it's not entirely necessary. Motivation does make it easier to take action, however, you already do plenty of things without the presence of traditional motivation.
What exactly is motivation?
Is it enthusiasm for an action?
Or is it just a situation where taking an action has become more desirable than not taking action?
We believe motivation can be best described as an emotion or a feeling that can be managed through rewards and consequences. For example, you might not feel like doing a report at work, but reluctantly you get it done because the consequences of not doing it (being reprimanded) outweigh your lack of motivation.
On the other hand, you may not feel like exercising, but you do because you love the way your body looks and the weight you've lost.
What do you think? Tell us in the comments what your definition of motivation is.
With it being such a hot topic in the self-help and goal achievement circuit we'd like for you to consider these 4 huge myths about motivation:
4 Huge Myths about Motivation
1. Motivation is all that matters.
Could a 70-year-old woman play in the NBA? Can just anyone make a living as a pop singer? No. Motivation is great, but there are a lot of other things that matter, too. Intelligence, talent, skill, resources, and opportunity are just a few things that also matter.
Here's one of our favorite bible verses Faith without works is dead, (James 2:14). Sis, no matter how much faith or motivation you have for something, if you don't take action nothing will materialize.
If you read down a little further in James it says Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works, (2:18).
If a person is motivated to start a business they should do research, create a business plan, applying for capital, and secure the infrastructure and merchandise or products necessary to build the business. Their motivation or faith alone will not magically produce a business.
You tell me who was actually motivated; the person who said they were or the person who started doing the work?
2. You can’t do anything without motivation.
Are you excited to go to your job each day? Probably not. Are you thrilled to get out of bed each morning? Unlikely. There are plenty of things you can do whether you’re motivated or not.
These are the things you either do out of habit or you do because the consequences of not doing them outweigh your lack of motivation.
You go to work because your bills need to be paid and you'd rather work than be homeless. You brush your teeth every morning (hopefully) out of habit and because ain't nobody got time for stank breath.
Here's a trick you can use to do things without feeling motivated. Think of all the terrible consequences of you not doing them. Make a list and then put that list somewhere you can easily access it. Whenever you're not feeling motivated read that list and imagine your life months or even years from now if you never take action.
What are some things that you regularly do that you truly don’t want to do? Why do you do them? Tell us in the comments.
3. You shouldn’t do it if you’re not motivated to do it.
Do you think the best athletes in the world only train when they feel like it? Do you think bestselling authors only write when the urge strikes them?
The most successful people in every field go to work so they can make progress on their goals every day. They don’t wait until they feel like doing it. They just do it in spite of how they feel.
If you only do the things you really want to do, you might not do much beyond snacking on the couch and binge-watching TV. The bottom line is motivation is great when it’s available, but you’ll have to pick yourself up and do what needs to be done all of the other times.
4. Motivation is always available.
Motivation isn’t always on-tap. There are days you will feel super motivated and some days you’d rather just quit. Everyone deals with this. There are even times that you're going to look for motivation and you're unable to find any. You'll search Youtube or listen to a Podcast and still not feel like getting up.
It’s hard to predict when you’re going to feel motivated. Although motivation can be in short supply at times, it’s up to you to make a decision to put in the work whether you feel like it or not.
Imagine how great you’ll feel when the task is complete. Imagine the pain of not getting it done. And sometimes, it’s necessary to just put your head down and get to work.
You can’t spend your life waiting for the perfect circumstances and the perfect attitude. You will be ten steps ahead of your competition if you can work while everyone else is waiting for inspiration to strike.
The best advice for accomplishing your goals is to take advantage of motivation when it’s available but avoid waiting for it.