the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to actin a certain way:
I don't understand what her motivation was for quitting her job.
Synonyms: motive, inspiration, inducement, cause, impetus.
the state or condition of being motivated or having a strong reason to act or accomplish something:
We know that these students have strong motivation to learn.
something that motivates; inducement; incentive:
Clearly, the company's long-term motivation is profit.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say they fail to stick to their goals because they lose motivation or that a lack of motivation keeps them from ever beginning in the first place. I’m here to tell you that motivation is temporary. The great myth is that successful people have an unlimited supply of motivation that keeps them moving forward. Bullshit. You cannot rely on motivation as a sustainable force to help you achieve your goals.
When you first set out to achieve a goal you are excited and full of energy! Your desire to put forth the effort to do whatever it takes is strong! You have your goal, you know WHY it’s important to you, and you feel unstoppable. However, after a few days, or maybe a week you may still feel inspired, but maybe not as energized. Maybe a few weeks later you’re feeling like you’ve put in a ton of work and you’re not getting the results you want as quickly as you want them. As time passes sticking to your goals starts to feel more like drudgery and you may find yourself failing to stick to your original plan.
You are not alone!
Everyone experiences this at some point. It’s part of the process! So what can you do? How do you stay the course?
Motivation is great while it lasts, but you can’t expect to be able to sustain a high level of energy long term. Setting attainable goals, having a solid “why”, creating a mindset that will allow room for bad days, and staying the course will help to keep you going after your motivation has left the building!
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