In one of the last posts (The dreamer who dreams a dream), you read about the power of setting goals. Today you’ll learn how to persist in your goals. Why are you reading this article? And why am I writing it? Motivation is the answer to the question “why am I doing it”?
It is the gasoline that allow us to persist on our goals. It is the intrinsic energy that you find in doing something, and the invisible or visible rewards that you think you’ll gain from that. Being motivated is what make the difference between a sofa dreamer and an enthusiastic artist. Between a great athlete and an average one…The word “motivation” is composed by the words “motive” and “action” and it is the overall combination of forces that moves someone to use his energy for doing something.
The Burning Why
Last week I read an interesting article by on Psychology Today. The author, Russell Grieger, psychologist and adjusted professor at the University of Virginia, tells about the reasons that enlighten his everyday path. After teaching for years, he found himself without that light and energy that had guided him since the beginning of his career. He had to stop and think about again of why he was doing what he was doing. He forgot his burning “why” and as long as he didn’t know anymore his purpose of doing what he was doing he felt lost. An automaton moving without any big role.
Sit at a table with pen and paper and take some time for writing down something that is going to be amazingly useful for you.
Step One: What is the main theme of your life? what do you love more? What is that make you enthusiastic? Think about how can you make an impact on the worlds, on how can you contribute in your little. What kind of person would you like to be? Take your time and find the answers to some of this question.
Step Two: Decide your purpose. Is it not the same of doing a list of goals, but speaking about the fuel that make your car moving. The purpose is the “why” that lyes behind your goal. If you will be able to believe in your purpose you will be like an unstoppable train. Choose why you want your life to go in a certain way. And remember you can construct what you want of your life. And once again, Decide!
Step three: Live your purpose. You’ll think, “Easy to say! And how?!”. Is it far away from being enough reading a post on a blog to change everything. All the experiences will be up to you. And all the effort to live your life will be yours. What I want you to communicate is to think about what you are doing. If you are following the way that you think and you decide that is the right one for you, nothing will stop you. Your purpose will guide you in difficult moments. But if your are struggling for something, stop and ask yourself if are you motivate in doing it.
Live your life, not the one of someone else. Remember it as long as you can. If you are going to struggle just to reach something that you don’t want, you’re gonna give up when the first difficulty will came…and they will. Sometimes is useful to stop, make your mind silent and listen to your heart. Call it also instinct or God, as you prefer to refer to it. Whatever is it name, In some way it will tell you if you’re doing what are you meant to be. And if it is saying to you that your are going in a wrong way it will already be an enormous sign and gift.
Thanks for reading, and see you at the next post,