There is one single factor that sets the top athletes apart from the mediocre ones. It can’t be seen, it can only be felt, and at one point or another we all have it. The problem is keeping it. You never know when it will return, and sometimes that can be a long time.
Motivation is the action of goal-oriented behaviors, according to Wikipedia. And in the words of Michael Scott, “Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information.”
We all know how much easier it is to work towards our goals when we are motivated. We are constantly seeking motivation, and when we have it we are thinking of ways to keep it. So why is motivation such an important tool?
Being motivated is a fire. It ignites inside of you, and tackles everything in its path. In turn, our feelings of optimism and success grow. It is the alarm clock that pulls you out of bed for those early morning work outs, and the energy that drives your car to the gym after working long hours.
Many people seek out others’ help to get motivated and try to grab motivation from every source that they can find. The truth is, that motivation comes from inside. You will not be motivated until you are ready to be motivated. You can fake it and try to form it, but chances are, if you aren’t ready for it, it’s not going to stick.
Gather your wood and sticks and start building your fire. It might take time, but once you find the sweet spot, you will have a beautiful flame that will burn nice and steadily.