Why relying on motivation will destroy your goals

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I wanted to talk about motivation today. I believe relying on motivation is a massive obstacle to your progress. That’s quite a strange statement to make right? After all, we spend half our life trying to find motivation.

Check out my video with my feelings on motivation:

Motivation comes and goes. It’s a feeling. It’s an emotion. It’s something we try call up or invoke to inspire us to act in a certain way.

Think about how crazy that is? We rely on a feeling that may or may not come to take action for our lives. That’s almost the same as relying on chance.

And then when we cannot take action it’s our favorite excuse. “I struggle to get motivated” “I’m so demotivated” I hear it from people every day. But I’m not buying it.

You either do the things you need to do to reach your goals in life or not. It’s not the fault of “motivation”.

It’s time to talk less of motivation and more of COMMITMENT.

That means you simply DO the things you say you will do.

You say you will eat healthy. Do it!
You say you will go to gym in the morning. Do it!

A commitment is a promise or an agreement with yourself. It is your word.

When you keep your word to yourself you feel more empowered. When you break your word to yourself you feel weak.

When you have a meeting at work with your boss, staff or clients you simply go. Why? Because you said that you would. It’s a commitment you made and no motivation is required.

Start to make commitments around your health that are small and realistic and stick to them.

Not feeling motivated is NEVER an excuse.

Nobody feels motivated to exercise at 5am on a Monday morning in the cold and dark. If you say you are going to do it then you must simply do it!

There is a story about Comrades marathon champion Bruce Fordyce that his deal with himself was that he would get dressed and get out the front door but if he felt like going back to bed after the first lamp post he would. Do you think he ever went back to bed?

So my message is stop looking to the sky hoping for motivation to take action in your life. Motivation is cool but don’t use it as the scape goat to shirk doing what you need to do.

Stop moaning that you have no motivation.

Now go and figure out what in your life you are going to commit to,

Elan