Where does your motivation come from?
I know that because you are reading this, you must desire change in your life. You want to be different and create a meaningful life for yourself and your loved ones, but you just quite haven’t figured out how yet. How do I motivate myself to do the things I want to do, but just can’t seem to get myself to do them.
When I think about the people who do, versus those who don’t, they have intrinsically linked their desires and values to their actions.
They don’t just talk about things but do them.
In my mind a champion is not someone who wins, a champion is who does. They have already decided they are gonna win in their mind, and then they go out and do the best they can do.
Despite whatever comes their way, setbacks, failure, fear — they are going to do something anyway.
Where does this motivation come from?
It’s early, not even 6 AM yet, you get out of bed, put on your shoes and head to the gym.
It’s soo early, the suns still asleep and so should you, you swat your alarm clock and go back to bed. Rinse, repeat. It’s 7:49 so you know you can’t prolong it any longer. You roll out of bed and head to work.
1. Motivation is a Skill.
The first insight on the motivation of champions is understanding that — like most things in —motivation is a skill. We aren’t born with the champions value to motivate ourselves to pursue, that must be learned and forged from experience.
2. Know what you want.
Motivation comes from a goal driven mind. If you don’t see the end in mind, how can you possible get to your destination?
3. Set yourself up for a win.
Small nuances in habits can dramatically increase your chances of success.
For example, If you want to start getting up at 6 am to write, don’t just go to bed whenever you want — Set a get-ready-for-bed alarm for 30 + 60 mins before —
Put your alarm clock across the room or better yet in your bathroom. You have to get up and walk to it, rather than just leaning over and slapping it. By setting your phone alarm next to the sink, you’re in arms reach of splashing a little cold water in your face to wake up your senses.
That’s the key — Champions do the hard things, by making the small things easy. Always always always keep your values in arms reach.
In my office, My guitar is out in the open and ready to for me to play. I can just go over and grab it and start working on a song.
I keep some version of a notebook or notecards with me at all times, so If I have a writing idea I can jot it down and revisit it later.
By keeping your habits and tools within arms reach, your success will also be in arms reach, ready to be grabbed.
4. Adopt the Do It Anyway Mindset.
What most successful champions won’t tell you is that the work itself sucks. It’s hard to start a business or blog every day or write a book or work on your health and fitness.
The best things in life are difficult and downright painful. But the reward for doing them far out places the anguish of not doing them. Don’t become the person who does nothing for their dreams. (You know the ones) The way they talk, their dreams are the most important thing to them, but they haven’t done a single thing to make them happen. When things feel hard — Do it anyway. When you’re tired, lonely, unmotivated, lazy, embarrassed, scared, and all manner of difficult feelings — Do It Anyway.
There’s no reward like the one when you don’t feel like working towards your dreams but you do it anyway. You feel good.
Once you have that, nothing can stop you.
Ryan Holiday, 2007 The Business of Running: “I lace up my shoes each night because it’s precisely the opposite of what my body tells me it wants–that’s my motivation.”