What motivates you to succeed in life? If you’re sitting there, perplexed, keep reading.
Let’s face it…we’ve all had moments in life when our motivation has been at an all-time low. Even the most motivated of people can feel unmotivated now and then. However, if you allow laziness to creep into your daily life, it will be nearly impossible to achieve anything in life.
The difference between successful people versus everyone else is that no matter what is going on around them, successful people always find the motivation and drive to keep going.
If motivation is so important, then why do so many people struggle with it, especially after they encounter defeat?
Here’s the stone-cold truth:
If you’re lacking in motivation right now to the point that it is keeping you stuck in life, the only person standing in your way is you.
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What Is Motivation?
At its core, motivation is the reason why you act or behave in a certain way. It’s the driving force that pushes you to take action, in spite of your fear or lack thereof.
Psychologists define motivation as the process by which activities are started, directed, and sustained so that certain needs are met.
These needs can be either psychological or physical. It’s important to point out that motivation looks different for everyone, depending on their needs and values. Moreover, levels of motivation can change in different phases of your life.
Why Is Motivation Important?
According to the research of Dr. Anders Ericsson, motivation is the most significant predictor of success. It is the secret sauce that allows you to create your destiny.
By understanding why motivation is so important for success in life, you will feel more empowered to take action.
1. Gives You a Sense of Direction
If you aimlessly move through life with no direction, you won’t feel motivated to do much of anything. This is why it is so important that you have a clear understanding of what you want and why.
If you don’t know why you should do something, the likelihood of you actually taking action will be minimal.
Successful people create a vision and know what their purpose is, which ensures that they are pulled towards the achievement of their goals instead of pushed. As a result, motivation becomes effortless.
In the words of Margie Warrell, author of Brave,
“Knowing your ‘why’ is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living. Indeed, only when you know your ‘why’ will you find the courage to take the risks needed to get ahead, stay motivated when the chips are down, and move your life onto an entirely new, more challenging and more rewarding trajectory.”
2. Transforms Fear Into a Powerful Plan of Action
What a lot of people don’t realize is that fear is something that is created in the mind. Hence, it’s an illusion. When you flex your motivation muscle, it slaps fear right in the face. It’s a way of saying, “I’m going to feel the fear and do it anyway.”
You can either let fear prevent you from moving towards your goals, or you can use it as a tool for motivation. It’s your choice.
3. Helps You Bounce Forward From Setbacks
When life knocks you down (and it will), motivation is the fuel that will allow you to pick yourself up and keep going.
When life tries to convince you that the game is over, motivation will be in your corner, cheering you on and reminding you to not give up.
Life is a rollercoaster ride. You can either scream your way through the whole thing or strap yourself in and enjoy the ride. When you encounter a low moment, take it as an opportunity to unleash your inner strength.
A great exercise to help you remember why enduring through the tough times is worth the effort is to visualize what life would be like five years from now if you aborted your mission. That will be motivation in and of itself to keep going.
What Kind of Motivation Do You Need?
Have you ever thought about what the driving force behind your motivation is? To answer this question, you can take the free assessment: What’s Your Motivation Style? and find out what kind of motivational factors work for you best. When you can identify your motivation style, you’ll be able to maximize its strengths and always stay motivated. Take the free assessment now!
Also, you can look at the push vs. pull theory. Your motivation to do anything comes in two different forms: push or pull.
Push motivation is driven by a need to run from unwanted reality, while Pull motivation is a power that inspires you to attain successful results.
When you push yourself to do something, it will naturally feel like you’re dragging yourself through life. You can only operate in this mode for so long before you run out of fuel.
This is why you need to access Pull motivation, which emerges from an intrinsic desire to do something that you love.
As you can probably predict, Pull motivation is what you want to strive towards. It is the product of taking action with the intention of bringing yourself one step closer to your desired destination.
What Can Motivate You to Succeed?
is subjective, meaning that different people will be motivated by different things, depending on what their goals and values are. What will motivate you at work may be different from what motivates you at home.
Let’s explore a few common factors that motivate people to succeed.
Living With Purpose
I am a firm believer that lasting motivation is driven, in large part, by your purpose. When you find what it is that makes you come alive inside, motivation becomes a walk in the park.
This is otherwise referred to as internal motivation, meaning that your behavior is driven by internal rewards. Hence, you do something because it feels good for you, regardless of what other people think.
If you have yet to find your purpose, don’t stop looking because it’s looking for you, too.
Committing to Self-Mastery
Some people devote their entire life to self-mastery and the sense of accomplishment it brings.
Self-mastery is a process of becoming. It’s not an end goal. Rather, it’s a life path motivated by the opportunity to be your best self.
In his book, Toward A Psychology of Being, Abraham Maslow talks about a powerful force within the human condition, which is a drive for growth. This force propels people forward towards wholeness of Self.
Growth always requires some level of risk because it asks that you step outside of your comfort zone.
I know how scary this can be, but I promise that you will never fail when you commit to self-mastery. When you master your mind, you master every area of your life.
Some people are motivated to give back to the world and help others. They have an innate desire to create an impact in the world.
As someone who helps people for a living, I can honestly say that there is nothing more rewarding than helping people achieve their fullest potential in life. As Winston Churchill once stated,
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Research has shown that giving makes us far happier than receiving. Thus, in a way, we are actually being both selfish and selfless by giving to others.
How to Find More Motivation to Succeed in Life
Now that you know what motivates people to achieve success in life, it’s time to identify what drives YOU.
1. Get Clear on Your Why
Some people are crystal clear about what their purpose is early on in life, while others take more time to define what that looks like. Where people get stuck is that they tirelessly search for their purpose in life, and when they don’t find it, they get discouraged and give up.
You’ve got to understand that your purpose isn’t something that you find. Rather, it finds you. Ask yourself, “What is it that I love to do?” You may find that a great answer is waiting for you.
Simon Sinek, author of Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Finding Purpose for You and Your Team explains,
“Once you understand your ‘WHY’, you’ll be able to clearly articulate what makes you feel fulfilled and to better understand what drives your behavior when you’re at your natural best.”
Once you are clear on your “why,” you need to take massive action. Do things that make you come alive inside, try, fail, try again, and see what sticks.
By committing to a purposeful life, everything will feel more effortless.
2. Find an Accountability Partner
An accountability partner is someone who keeps you on track so that you don’t lose momentum. A big reason why so many people struggle to stay committed to their goals is that they aren’t accountable to anyone other than themselves.
Research found that people are 65 percent more likely to meet a goal after committing to another person. Their chances of success increase to 95% when they build in on-going meetings with their partners to check-in on their progress.
Find someone who has goals similar to you. Together, create a plan of attack so that each of you is inspiring the other to commit to specific actions.
3. Celebrate Your Small Wins
Whenever you achieve a small win, make sure that you reward yourself with something meaningful.
At the time, small wins may not seem like a big deal. However, by celebrating your progress, you are giving yourself mini doses of motivation that will encourage you to keep going.
When you accomplish something, the neurochemical dopamine is released into the brain. As a result, you feel energized with feel-good emotions, which, in turn, allows you to feel a sense of pride..
4. Create an Empowering Morning Ritual
When you take time every morning to nourish your mind, body, and spirit, you set yourself up to win throughout the day.
When you commit to a morning ritual every single day, over time you start to build a massive amount of motivation. The reason why this happens is that you are doing the work to flex your mental muscle.
Research shows that early risers are more successful, more proactive, better planners, and better at anticipating problems.
Find habits that motivate YOU, whether that’s reading inspirational books, watching videos, reciting affirmations, or working out.
Get into a routine and make it stick: The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day
There is no better time than now to motivate yourself! Take massive action and start creating the life of your wildest dreams.
Zig Ziglar said it best,
“Motivation is like bathing, you have to do it every day. Without motivation, you will never have the drive to take action, and without action, you can never reach your goals and live your dreams.”
If you can master motivation, I promise that there will be nothing that will hold you back from success in life.
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