A spark of insight doesn’t create a motivation to act and get moving.
Acting creates the spark of insight and motivation.
Motion creates the spark.
Making small acts towards a goal creates the feel-good momentum to keep progressing.
That’s why I find daily challenges so powerful. When you create the daily, self-expectation of sitting down to your computer to write, or code, or pulling out your yoga mat or pull up bar to train, you no longer need to find the will or motivation to do something you want to do.
We side-step motivation and replace it with steady progress and the routine of small daily wins of accomplishment.
Small moments of progress can make you feel happy and fulfilled, if you let it.
Isn’t it crazy that we try so hard to find ways to motivate ourselves to actually do the things we want to do, but for some reason don’t?! We try to trick ourselves, we buy every self-help book, and even hire others to keep us accountable to stay on track.
But if you look at it from a different angle, motivation is the result of action, not the necessary ingredient or catalyst to change.
The next time you feel unmotivated:
Grab your guitar and bang out a song. Write a page of your novel. Eat one healthy meal.
Make a small change.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
“To begin, begin.” — William Wordsworth
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain