What is motivation to you?

Recently I was (through no control of my own) forced to acknowledge that I had some health related issues that needed to be addressed. Currently I am still in the process of addressing those needs, but this unfortunate event made me focus on some other aspects of my life that needed some attention.

With all that was going on, I had some downtime to think. And in that downtime I realized that I was not being very productive in these key areas of my personal/work life. Meaning I was just pushing thorough each day with no real purpose and no direction. I was unmotivated and unchallenged, which is never a good combination.

I do not like feeling that way by any means. I’m a list maker I like being able to see what needs to be done and get to it. This way I am able to actually see things coming off of that pretty little list. But lately I noticed there were no lists and nothing was getting done. This was not acceptable and something had to change.

So with all that mental talk I decided to push myself to get on track. I had to motivate myself to get some peace of mind, and to feel like I was in control of something again (because for the moment my body was not one of those things). So I started, I just started doing stuff. Making appointments, filing paperwork, starting processes that should have been started over a year ago and taking time to disconnect myself from people and things that were not instrumental to my mental health or personal/professional growth . And you know what it felt great.

Just by doing I was able to get the ball rolling on quite a few projects. Nothing to big or crazy but enough to make some progress in these much needed areas. And with all this, all of a sudden the headaches and pains started to go away; and sleep came more natural to me then it had in the many months that preceded all of this.

The one thing people always say when trying to motivate someone is for them to just start, period. Doesn’t matter how fast or slow you take off from the starting line all that matters is that you start. There really is no secret recipe for motivation, you just have to start. You have to want to be in a different place in the future, and to get there you have to realize that only one person will take you there, and that one person will only ever be you.

So get up and stop wondering and procrastinating, start something. No matter how small every brick paves the way to a goal you need to reach.

You don’t have to see the whole staircase just take the first step.

Martin Luther King Jr.