“I need to find my motivation first.” Is a great way to procrastinate.
Just START DOING something. And then be ready to roll with even the tiniest bit of motivation. It will snowball into something bigger.
This can apply to so many excuses. I’ve been saying “First I need to find _____ ” Insert money, knowledge, time, courage, almost anything to fill in the blank. In my last post I shared that I finally am taking steps towards my dreams. They are still really tentative. I still keep wanting to make excuses. Wonderful mentors in my life keep popping up and the overarching message is to JUST START DOING.
I’m trying. Really, I am. Actually I’m not trying. I am doing! It just hasn’t snowballed into anything really noticeable yet.
In the meanwhile I’ll share an article I read that felt well timed in my life.
What most people think happens:
motivation → action (i.e., motivation comes first, and that leads to action)
What, oftentimes, really happens:
action → results → motivation → more action …
Oftentimes action precedes motivation. Successful people know this, and it’s why they act — especially when they’re void of motivation. (“Results” don’t have to be dramatic, like losing 10 pounds. With working out, for example, it could be learning a new exercise, doing a little better than the previous workout, moving and feeling better, etc.)
Consistent action produces results. That is what leads to motivation, which generates more action, which leads to greater motivation. It’s a powerful force once set into motion.
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