From a successful web person, I thought it was a good short article worth your time.
Why Relying On Motivation Alone Sucks!
Relying on motivation alone to conquer a goal is setting yourself up for failure. Today I’m going to explain why, and give you an actionable strategy to overcome this and accomplish more than you ever thought you possibly could.
Let me ask you a question – have you ever set yourself a goal and at the time of setting that goal, felt like nothing in the world was going to hold you back from accomplishing it? Maybe it was losing 20 pounds, or making money on the Internet?
The day you set that goal you probably feel really motivated, maybe you exercise 45 minutes that day or start to build a website, and then the next day you’re back at it still feeling pretty good…but slowly somehow day by day you start skipping days, you don’t end up exercising, you put it off until tomorrow…and then you wake up months later and realize that you haven’t worked towards that goal in over a month? Sh*t!.. I guess tomorrow never came.
This is what happens when you rely on motivation alone to accomplish a goal.
The problem with motivation is it comes in waves. There are peaks and then there are lows. When you’re at a motivation peak – it probably feels like you can take on the world and definitely take advantage of that…however when you’re at a motivation low, good luck getting anything done if motivation is all you’re relying on.
Plain and simple this sucks…but I’ve got good news for you. I’m going to give you my strategy for accomplishing more than you ever thought possible…and it’s actually a lot simpler than you might think.
At the heart of the concept is the idea that you must balance “motivation” and “ability” together.
When your motivation is very high, you have the ability and mental strength to persevere and do more difficult things , such as running for 45 minutes.
When your motivation is low, you have less ability and lower mental strength to accomplish difficult tasks.
So how do you compensate for this? Easy – when you are feeling very motivated – get on that treadmill and run 45 minutes. When you’re not feeling motivated, you need to reduce ability and make that task easier for you to accomplish – for example instead of running 45 minutes – run for just 10.
Okay this might sound overly simplistic but what I’ve found is when I’m incredibly motivated, I can get on that treadmill and pound pavement and run for 45 minutes and feel awesome doing it.
However when I’m feeling a little tired, or had a bad day and just want to curl up on the couch and watch TV the last thing I want to do is run for 45 minutes. The motivation just isn’t there.
What I’ve found is, if I lower my mental expectations, lower the ability and tell myself “Okay today you don’t need to run for 45 minutes, just start by putting on your running shoes.” So I go put on my running shoes, first task done. Then I tell myself “Alright today all you’re going to do is run for 10 minutes. “
As soon as you reduce ability you’ll find your mind relaxes and that guilt you were previously feeling about the possibility of skipping a day working towards your goal melts away – because at least you’re doing SOMETHING. Something is always better than nothing.
Does that make sense to you?
You have to go with your bodies natural motivation waves.
You can’t be highly motivated at all times.
That’s why adjusting your ability with your motivation peaks and lows you’ll actually find that over time you’re able to get a lot more done.
Something else interesting happens.
As you rely less on motivation …you’re able to accomplish a lot more. Your ability really does increase. At first you’re running just 10 minutes on a low motivation peak, then one day you set out to just run 10 minutes but you end up running 15, it’s mentally getting easier for you to run …then that 15 minutes turns in 20, then 30 and so on and so forth.
Your ability will increase overtime and you’ll be less reliant on motivation alone and this will happen in a very natural way.
This same thing happened to me when I was trying to start my online business. At first I found it really difficult to motivate myself to get to work. Don’t get me wrong – I wanted the results of my business …the money and the freedom and lifestyle that came with it but I found it hard to just sit down and get my work done. Get all of those “tasks” done.
So I went back to the ability versus motivation formula and relied less on motivation and more on ability. I’d start by breaking down my overall goal into small steps and then just sitting down for 10 minutes a day to get work done. 10 minutes may not sound like a lot, but be honest and think back on all the days where you’ve spent a big fat ZERO minutes working towards your goal. 10 minutes increased to 15, 15 minutes to an hour…and as my ability to get this stuff done increased I progressed further and further along towards my goal until one day I realized that I did 8 hours of work, and it didn’t even feel like work at all. I just got better at getting things done. Not surprisingly as I got better at getting things done, my income and success towards that goal increased too. I was overcoming the learning curves and just improving overall.
So my advice to you is to never just rely on motivation. Doing this is a recipe for disaster. Try and balance ability and motivation and you’ll be able to get a lot more done, and you’ll be developing much better work habits towards your goals. – Brittany Lynch