I struggle to get myself motivated… This is something that keeps coming up again and again in the conversations I have.
Someone came up to me after I spoke at an event recently and said I’m struggling to get myself motivated to get things done and I gave him the same advice that I’m going to give you in this video, which is it’s not motivation you’re looking for, it’s something else and I’m going to share with you what that is as I’m climbing up stairs, which I should have maybe thought twice about.
I’m doing a beautiful hike at the moment and it’s on the South Australian coast with a huge amount of stairs.
So I was talking to this guy after my speaking segment on Friday, talking about motivation and I said, look, it’s not motivation you’re looking for.
Motivation when you think about it, motivation you’re requiring your energy to push… it’s a push energy.
You’ve got to push yourself to get stuff done.
Push yourself to get to the gym.
Push yourself to make that phone call.
Push yourself to follow up.
Push yourself to get out and do the things that need to be done.
When it comes to motivation, there’s a time and a place for it, but if you’re always relying on motivation, that ‘aint gonna cut it, because you’ve got a limited amount of energy that you can put towards that.
It might be all well and good when things are reasonably easy… But when things really are tough and you’re up against your limiting beliefs about what you can achieve and how you’re going to go about it, motivation, when the guard is down, you’ll usually sabotage your effort.
Whereas if you’re inspired and feeling like you’re being pulled along, feeling like you’re in flow, feeling like you have a purpose and there’s a reason why and a reason behind you doing the work that needs to be done, and the purpose is outgrowing the task at hand…
Motivation is usually only required when the task at hand is greater than the purpose that you have.
So if your purpose can be greater than the task at hand, then yes it can still be challenging to do, yes there are still challenges there, but there is an underlying current of inspiration, of purpose, of passion, even when there are certain tasks that you might not necessarily want to do, but you know they’re part of a bigger whole, a bigger game, a bigger purpose.
So I encourage you to find purpose that is greater than the task at hand.
When you find that, then that is going to allow you to feel like you’re unstoppable and you’re not needing motivation necessarily to get the job done.
That way, when you do need motivation, you can use it, get it, use your energy, but the rest of the time, feel like you’re being pulled along as you go.