Relying on motivation to bring our goals to life is like waiting for a million dollar check at the mailbox or for Oprah’s producers to call us —not exactly a strategy for success.
The reality is:
Motivation is overrated.
Motivation is haphazard.
Motivation is not reliable.
And one of the biggest issues people make is thinking they always need to “feel” motivated to move towards their dream.
(Enter the endless stream of content, cinematic YouTube videos and live-your-purpose speakers to fuel this need to be motivated.)
Let me blunt here:
It doesn’t matter how thrilling your vision is or how purposeful and passionate you are:
Your motivation will ebb.
Your motivation will fade.
Your motivation will expire.
And if you do it right —motivation will be replaced with something much deeper as you continue to show up every day.
Because let’s face it:
- The amateurs, the dabblers, the half-hearted “talkers” are obsessed with motivation.
- The professionals, the committed, those who are “all in” are obsessed with showing up.
So, what’s a better way?
Show up every day.
Show up every day because you don’t break promises to yourself —when you’re tired, emotionally triggered or aren’t “feeling it.”
Instead of waiting to feel motivated, remember the golden rule: the feelings you’re wanting to experience come after taking action.
Choose habits over motivation.
Motivation is the hot date on Saturday night who’ll drive you wild, but you’re not building a life around them —choose habits over motivation.
Harness the power of inspiration.
Do the above and you’ll trade a fleeting feeling of motivation for a deeper sense of inspiration while honing the skill of greatness.
As a personal example:
There are many days I don’t feel motivated to write.
And if I relied on motivation —this post wouldn’t exist and I sure as hell wouldn’t have published books.
But the real tragedy would be the confidence, self-trust, respect and faith I’d miss out on which would lead to deep regret.
And you can do the same once you realize motivation is overrated.
By showing up, working on your craft and following through —you become the person who is capable of doing hard things.
Isn’t that what we’re here for?
It’s time to break up with motivation once and for all.