I talk to people all the time about their motivation.
They tell me what they want. They tell me what they’re afraid of.
They tell me what they think they should be doing.
And sometimes they tell me how they’re going to show those people who doubted them how wrong they are.
I respect them for their honesty…or at least what they think is their honesty.
Truth is, most people I know don’t succeed because they haven’t found the motivation.
They found what they think it is.
But nearly all the time it isn’t.
Start with this…
Most of the reasons people do things are to avoid pain or gain pleasure.
We’ve all heard versions of this. And it’s true.
If you’re sitting on a nail, you’re going to get up.
If you have a pile of bills that are going unpaid, you’re (usually) going to do something to try and change your situation.
If there’s a really good consequence that comes from learning some new skills and doing some new things, you’re going to do them, right?
Not so fast.
Most of us are happier to cheer someone else’s success on than actually dig in and do it ourselves.
And a few of us would rather jeer and ridicule others who step out of their usual roles in life and get busy on something important to them.
It’s simply because they don’t believe in themselves – their own self worth enough to step into a new life situation.
So they’ll do little things that move the needle off great pain, or fleeting pleasure.
But they won’t do the profound life changes.
Now…what will we work for – when we see ourselves inside that success, rather than outside looking in?
A calling bigger than ourselves
Health (real health, as in reversal of a disease or condition that holds us back from something we want to live for)
I’ve dealt with a number of people in the recent past who have learned to love and value themselves in a profound way.
And each one of them has found a calling that has really motivated them to make some major life changes.
And the things they’ve done…
I won’t get into details. Those are private.
But if you see someone doing something incredible in the near future, chances are they’ll be one of them.
Find your self worth.
Then find your motivation.
Because it’s amazing what a properly motivated human being can do.
What has motivated you in the most profound way?
What did you do to pursue it?
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