How often do we know what to do but lack the motivation to do it. Since motivation is flaky and fleeting, discipline is more reliable to move us towards our goals.
A power plant doesn’t have energy, it generates energy – similarly motivation is something we need to generate and here’s 3 components to help us do so.
- Ambition – What. Do. You. Want. You have to know what it is you want. Clearly define it. It should excite you, inspire you, scare you and stretch you.
- Expectancy – You don’t have to know how, if fact you SHOULDN’T know how you will get there, but you have the expectation that you will figure it out and make it happen. I love to visualize several times a day what it feels like once I’ve achieved my goal. How does my life differ, how do I differ as a person, what is the impact I’m now having.
- Effort – You’ve got to be willing to put in the work, and consistently take the daily stops towards what you want. Motivation doesn’t create action, action creates motivation. One of the best ways to pull yourself out of a slump is to take an action step. Even the smallest step towards achieving your goal will re kindle the motivation to keep continue.
I love this quote from Brendon Burchard, author of High Performance Habits:
“Just one more heavy step towards our dreams often awakens the desire to follow it with another.”
Truly the path to our goals doesn’t lie within motivation, but the discipline to keep taking small daily actions that compound over time.