What is Motivation?
Have you ever wanted to try something new, maybe learn how to play guitar, join a club, start a business, or go to the gym more regularly, but for some reason, can’t find the motivation to do it? This is a common problem for many people, but the question is, why? Motivation is simply the desire or willingness for a person to do something. However, there are two different types of motivation, internal and external. In our youth, much of our lives are driven by external motivation. For example, our parents decide where we need to be, what we need to do, and for how long. When we are young, we are motivated to please the requirements that others have set for us, but as we age and become independent, we can decide freely what we will do.
Quite a few people never break this habit of only being externally motivated. For example, they might be continuing schooling to avoid disappointing parents, getting a cooperate job to live up to the expectations of friends and family, continue working that same job to avoid upsetting your boss, etc. It’s not that any of these scenarios are bad, but if other people are driving your decisions, you will likely find yourself unhappy and unfulfilled. Many of us are making decisions from external motives rather than internal motivation. For that reason, most people never try new things that they have always desired. This is because only you can tell yourself to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. However, with a lack of internal motivation, those things you have always wanted will continue to remain a fantasy.
How to Build Motivation
Internal motivation is the key to a fulfilled life, and only you know what you are capable of. If you don’t let your internal motivation take control, you will realize that someone else’s has taken control of your life. Now that you realize the importance of having your internal motivation take control, let me explain how you can do it.
Tips to Build Motivation
- Take the time to write down what your goals are. (on paper, whiteboard, etc.)
- Then, reflect on the goals you write down every day and actively take steps towards them.
- Believe in yourself and that your internal motivation will drive you on the correct path.
- Eliminate fear such as disappointing others, being judged, or feeling different.
- Don’t wait for things to happen to you. Instead, make things happen for you.
- Create a schedule and be constant.
- Don’t get distracted. (work first, relax after)
- Separate yourself from people who have negative energy or don’t believe in you.
- And win the mental battle every morning.