One of the most difficult things to do when starting a new venture is stay motivated. We usually have no trouble getting excited about things initially, but once it actually begins becoming work – we find ourselves easily distracted.
I have seen some of the most unlikely success stories come out of extraordinary circumstances. People that were battling education issues, geographical issues, even physical or emotional issues have become formidable professionals in the industry. Conversely, I have seen some of the most talented and educated people not quite break into a higher level. So, if I were forced to pick what separates these people and I had to reduce it to one element, I would have to say it is “motivation.”
I have to say; with proper motivation (commitment, drive, and never-take-no-for-an-answer mentality), almost anything can be accomplished. It is interesting that most people really don’t know what motivates them. What motivates you? You should be able to answer that question right away without significant thought. But realistically, lots of us really don’t know what motivates us, or we think in terms of goals that are too extensive.
If you read journals regarding psychology (not something I would recommend without purpose), you will note that some scientists believe that we are always motivated by one of two circumstances. The first is the “pursuit of happiness.” Perhaps you want to buy a new car, take a vacation with the family (or without the family), pay off some credit cards, or simply save money for a future goal. The pursuit of the “reward” can be very motivating. The reward does not need to be big, just something you would enjoy as a symbol of your achievement.
The second is an “avoidance of pain.” Basically, it is the opposite of the pursuit of happiness. Perhaps you are motivated by your inability to get a new car or pay off that bill or go on vacation. It doesn’t matter “how” you are motivated. Either method can be very effective. Matter of fact, people can choose opposite motivators for the same thing.
The best example is a trip to the gym. People do not go to a gym at 5:30 a.m. because the idea of lifting a bar with metal discs on the end is fun. You don’t get to take it with you. When you finish, it just goes back on the rack where you started. People do not go during their lunch hour to walk up mock steps that go nowhere for entertainment. It’s not sport and for the most part, it is not a game.
So why do people do it? One of two reasons. The ‘pursuit of pleasure’: they like how the look, they like how they feel, they want to lose weight, they want to do better in some physical activity, etc. These elements can be strong motivating factors. The people on the other side of the gym are working just as hard but motivated by other factors.
The avoidance of pain: they are concerned how they would look if they didn’t work out or if they gained weight or if they aren’t in shape to play with their family. Either motivational factor works, but the people are there for entirely different reasons that accomplish the same outcome.
So look closely at what motivates you. Look closely at yourself and move forward. Are you nervous about introducing yourself to a new business contact that you keep hearing about? What if he can help you close more deals than you ever have before? What if it is the best call you ever made? How can you afford NOT to call follow through on something that could lead to great potential?
In the end, if you’re doing things right, you will lead a life without regrets. Because you will have the motivation to accomplish everything you set out to do… or at the very least make an attempt.
Find out what motivates you and move forward. I will also guarantee that if you discover what motivates you, nothing will stop you from accomplishing your goals.