Stop searching for Motivation

If you go to YouTube and type in “Motivation”, you will get around 14.3 MILLION results. There are 14.3 million videos involving the term motivation on YouTube! Thats amazing! The first result that came up for me was:

There are so many of these types of videos, and I’m a little ashamed to say that I have watched some of them before in a last ditch attempt to motivate myself to do something I couldn’t be bothered doing. Whether it was to go to the gym in the morning or create a new website for my latest idea.

The problem with these videos is that they are just a distraction. They are another way to procrastinate and they actually don’t have much substance to them at all. Its often a few clips from “Rags to Riches” movies like The Pursuit of Happyness or maybe a few clips of guys at the gym struggling to begin with but by the end of the clip they are smashing it.

What is motivation?

Motivation is a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. It is the purpose behind what you are doing. If its going to the gym, your motivation might be to lose weight, or to get fit for a sport. Motivation might even be simple enjoyment of the task.

Pretty much any task that you need to do has a motivating factor. The motivation for cleaning the house is so you don’t live in a dirty house, or maybe some friends are coming over and you don’t want them knowing what a slob you actually are…

STOP SEARCHING FOR IT!

If you can answer the question “Why do you want to do task X?”, you already have motivation to do it. Does that mean you want to do it? No. If you already know why you want to do something but you still procrastinate and avoid doing it, you don’t lack motivation….

You lack the DISCIPLINE

If you go back and think to the last time you were searching for motivation and swap the term motivation for discipline, it tells a very different story:

I can’t find the motivation to do it

becomes

I can’t find the discipline to do it

or

I’m lacking in motivation at the moment

becomes

I’m lacking the discipline at the moment

Using the term “Motivation” is a cop out. It’s externalising the excuse for not doing a task. It basically is like saying, “I can’t find the magic potion to make me do this task that I don’t really want to do”. Whereas the term “discipline” says a lot more about the person. Lacking in discipline is an internal thing. It tells a story of not being in control, of allowing life to pass you by. Discipline is used at the times where that task seems boring, too hard, not important enough. Discipline gets you out of bed on a cold wet morning to pull on your gym clothes, brave the cold and do that workout you want to do.

I am a firm believer in change your language, change your life. In this case we change 1 word from motivation to discipline and it swaps it from being an external problem to being a problem quite easily fixed. There will be no magic wave of “motivation”, but there will be a moment where use discipline to make the decision to do it REGARDLESS of the excuses.

Don’t search for motivation, just be disciplined!

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