When Motivation Fails…

Motivation is great for inspiration.  Something you see or read can inspire you to start working towards a new goal.  You make plans to achieve those goals.  You might even start – you get a gym membership, you enroll in a new class, you buy supplies for that new hobby you want to start.  You excitedly tell people of your new endeavor and they get excited that you’re taking steps to achieve those goals.

Motivation can only get you so far.  You might stay motivated when you’re facing challenges in your journey, but even that wears thin after a while.  Even though your goals haven’t changed, your enthusiasm for doing the day-to-day grind wanes.  Many people drop what they wanted to do because they can’t break through that wall.

Honestly, the best way to break through that wall is through discipline.  Dig deep and figure out what’s hindering you. As Malcolm Gladwell points out in Outliers, people who are exceptional in their field have put in 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.  I once knew a guy who practiced cello for six hours every single day after school.  Did he always want to practice?  Of course not.  But he knew that’s what he had to do if he wanted to achieve his ultimate goal of becoming a concert cellist.  Do I want to work out for 2-3 hours every single day when I’m also a full-time student?  Sometimes I don’t want to get out of bed, but I know that I’ll 1) feel better once I go and 2) it brings me closer to achieving my larger-picture goal.

Keep pushing toward achieving your goal, just working at it a little bit every day, and you’ll be proud of yourself for it in the end.

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