Happy New Year everyone!
With the new year, comes many resolutions. What’s my take on this tradition? I don’t always make resolutions, but I believe that it’s important to jump on the motivation train whenever it comes to your station… because motivation is very hard to find!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I know HOW to lose weight. I know HOW to make my money grow. I know HOW to be a more mindful parent. I know HOW to be a more productive employee or student. Knowing HOW will only get us so far, it’s having the motivation to move forward– and keep moving forward– and keep moving forward– and keep moving forward– that will get us to our goals.
How does one find motivation?
When I was younger, I wanted to grow up to become a motivational speaker. I loved how the motivational speakers brought in to my schools could capture the fire in each of us, and have us leave the auditorium filled with the desire to do better.
The key to motivation is knowing WHY you want to accomplish a goal. WHY do I want to get in shape? Because I want to look like a nutritionist… because I want to be stronger than ever… because I want to show my son that healthy living is our way of life… because I don’t want to hide from the camera or strategically place a small kid in front of my bare stomach when we take beach pictures this summer.
WHY do I want to make my money grow? Because I want to retire comfortably.
WHY do I want to be a better student? Because I want to be accepted into a doctoral program someday.
WHY do I want to be a better employee? Because whether or not I effectively do my job effects thousands of people every day. Because I want to be at the top of my game. Because I want to have one of the most reputable programs in my state. Because I care deeply about my industry and WHY I do what I do.
Right now I am motivated. The challenge will be to keep this wave of motivation going until older “bad” habits have been broken and new “productive” habits have taken their place. I keep reminding myself that instant gratification is NEVER better than the gratification that results from weeks, months, or years of hard work.
How do you find motivation?