Motivation

mo·ti·va·tion — the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

Zig Ziglar said; “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.”

So what is motivation, exactly? The author Steven Pressfield has a great line in his book, The War of Art, which I think gets at the core of motivation. To paraphrase Pressfield, “At some point, the pain of not doing it becomes greater than the pain of doing it.”

In other words, at some point, it is easier to change than to stay the same. It is easier to take action and feel insecure at the gym than to sit still and experience self-loathing on the couch. It is easier to feel awkward while making the sales call than to feel disappointed about your dwindling bank account.

This, I think, is the essence of motivation. Every choice has a price, but when we are motivated, it is easier to bear the inconvenience of action than the pain of remaining the same. Somehow we cross a mental threshold—usually after weeks of procrastination and in the face of an impending deadline—and it becomes more painful to not do the work than to actually do it.

Newton’s First Law applied to habit formation: Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Once motivation has begun, it is easier to continue moving it forward.

So start with some of these video, then use YouTube to continue to find channels that offer you motivation and subscribe to them. Click on the bell and you’ll be notified when they post a new video.