The Truth About Motivation I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago

 

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky

 motivation

 

This is going to be a non-traditional post for me, but one that spoke to me in the moment and felt that it’s something important to get out there.

It’s about motivation and what it means to our lives and futures. It affects everything we think and do, and it’s important to be aware of and cultivate within ourselves.

Motivation:

The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way (via Google definition search)

I thought growing up that I knew what motivation meant. I thought it was the spur of the moment, supposedly-natural-initiative you were supposed to feel to clean your room. I thought it was supposed to be the long term good grades you’d get at the end of studying hard all semester…

Those were younger, school-based viewpoints of course

(Though the grades concept could apply to college, but then it’s a self-motivated thing instead of your parents telling you so)

Starting out as a young adult, I thought of motivation as essentially similar thing. Reasons to do whatever is it you *should* be doing – according to other’s standards.

And as a young adult who could finally make her own decisions, what I should have been doing of course fell by the wayside for whatever I felt like doing!

Don’t get me wrong,  I wasn’t irresponsible. I was actually completely responsible and maintained and supported my family and  my household very well. Out of responsibility though, not motivation.

As I am getting older, I am discovering that motivation means something completely different

I am finally beginning to understand that motivations are the real reason for living. For giving my all. For being who I am.

For doing what I do.

Motivation is the key to the real reasons for living. Motivation gives us our reasons for growing beyond what we are responsible for. Beyond what’s required. Beyond the status quo of society.

Motivation is what gives us enough ooomph to accomplish our every hearts desires. Accomplish our hopes and dreams and every grand thing we can imagine!

Do This:

Picture in your mind your dream life. Your dream environment, your dream location, doing whatever makes your heart skip a beat.

That is what you should be working towards every day!

Keep that picture in your head, figure out what you need to do to do it.

Break that down into small steps – steps you can work on every day.

Wake up in the morning with that picture in your mind.

Dream about it at night. Drift off during the day with those thoughts in your head.

That is what your motivation is. Working towards accomplishing your every dream and heart’s desire in life. It can be done!!

But only if you let it. Only if you work towards it.

Discard the status quo. Discard society’s expectations of you following the traditional path. Dream you best dreams and go for those. And work towards them every day!

They’re worth it.

   

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Quickies

 

Today’s topic is a quickie but a biggie.

Answer this – what makes you happy?

You should be able to answer this within a split second. You should be able to come up with *multiple* answers within a few seconds.

In fact, you should be able to keep listing off things in your head even while you’re reading these words.

If not, we need to fix that!

Try to think of whatever has made you happy in the past. Stuff you did, stuff you saw…. Ideas yet?

Nothing huge or drastic, I’m talking about the small pleasures in life. Quickies – like walks, talks, a song.

Find something that makes you happy, and do it. Do it now!!

Do something that makes you happy every day.

Humans in general don’t pay enough attention to ourselves.

Go and make sure to give yourself a quickie every day. Your soul will thank you!

 

So next steps, remember to:

do more of what makes you happy

   

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