You might think motivation is a good thing. You might think motivation is something you need, something that will finally get you to reach your goals. Something that is key to being a great, successful person. Well… it’s not.
In reality, motivation is kind of like alcohol.
You start off sober. You feel normal. You’re unmotivated.
You drink a little motivation. You feel slightly buzzed. You’re a little bit happier.
You drink a lot more motivation. Ahh, yeah. That’s the good stuff. Sometimes, it burns, but that’s OK. You’re feeling good. Real good.
Then… the party comes to an end and you fall asleep and you wake up the next morning. Tired. Sleepy. Hungover. Unmotivated.
Then you go out the next weekend and do it all over again.
Motivation is not the main driver in accomplishing any goal – whether it be weight loss, muscle gain, or studying for an exam. It’ll get you going for a little while, but then you lose that motivation and you’re back where you started.
The main driver in finishing anything you need to do… is habit.
When you’re forcing yourself to go to the gym on a regular basis even though you’re tired – that’s habit.
When you’re prepping your meals and counting calories every day even though it’s time-consuming – that’s habit.
When you’re pushing to finish your last bit of work before the day ends – that’s habit.
All successful people have good habits. They’re not always motivated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They just know that they need to repeatedly do things to accomplish other things, and they do. That’s it.
If you want to get good at any new skill or task, you need practice. And you need to get in the habit of practicing it on a daily (or weekly) basis. You might fail a few times. You might slack off on going to the gym. You might forget to count calories for a while. You might start binge eating again. But that’s OK. Keep getting back into good habits until you become a f*%#ing robot. Because guess what?
Robots don’t need motivation. They just do.