Why You Should Not Rely on Motivation to Reach Your Goals
I love a good dose of motivational content to get me fired up to start working towards my goals. I think it is an important ingredient to push you to start achieving amazing things. However, we should not rely on the feeling of motivation to take action. We could be waiting a while if this is the case. So here is why you should not rely on motivation to reach your goals.
Motivation is Temporary
Motivation is a temporary feeling that get's triggered by something we see or hear. It is easy to feel motivated to go to the gym after watching a video of someone's journey to fitness with an awesome backing track and inspirational speaker.
I bet that when you watch these kinds of videos you get so excited and feel like you can do anything - so you tell yourself you are going to the gym first thing in the morning because you feel ready and raring to go. And this is great, we all need that ounce of motivation from time to time to make us excited.
But when the next morning comes round you don't feel the same level of motivation you did last night. So you tell yourself, "Well I'll just stay in bed, maybe I will feel more motivated again later. " But it doesn't come back that day or the next.
We expect to wake up in the morning still fired up and ready to jump out of bed into our gym gear and run out the door. But this doesn't happen.
We need to face the reality that motivation can be built up quickly but also diminishes just as fast.
You are likely expecting motivation to come to you so you can get up and go do what needs to be done.
But this is not the case. You will never feel truly motivated to take action when the action needs to be done. You cannot rely on a feeling that wanes as easily as it is brewed up.
You Need to Have Intention
So instead of waiting to feel motivated to take action you just have to have intention.
Intention will allow you to just do it regardless. If you create a plan and tell yourself that you are going to go to the Gym two times a week; on Tuesday and Thursday. Then when these days come around ignore any feeling you have at all towards this and just accept that you made a plan to go to the gym.
If you have the right intention behind your action then it won't matter if you are feeling motivated or not because you just have to do it.
This is why so many people fail to quit smoking or to stick with a diet. Because they are waiting for the right time.
They expect to wake up one morning and feel ready. But they won't. Again, they are waiting for that motivation to slap them in the face but the only people that succeed are those that create their own intention and just do it. They know it will be hard and that there never will be a right time but just go for it anyway.
So forget the motivation and just have the intention to get out there and chase your goals. Yes it will be hard and yes you won't want to do it sometimes but you have to remember why you are doing it.
Focus on the End Goal
Instead of thinking about those negative feelings now and how you can't be bothered, focus instead on the end goal.
If you are working on your business, when are you looking to quit your day job? If you want to pay off debt, how will you feel having no more loan payments?
Yes, visualizing these goals will add some motivation to the mix but if you put a plan next to it then the intention will also be there. This makes the perfect cocktail to get you closer to that dream.
Each and every day you need to understand the stepping stones that you need to take to get to your final destination and just take one step at a time. Whether that is getting into the gym without hesitating, or reaching out to that potential client whilst ignoring your fear.
Just. Get. It. Done.