“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn
One of the main barriers to success for many people is the failure to take timely action when an opportunity presents itself. Even when people get motivated to do something they often still somehow fail to take the action they should. I think this is partly because motivation tends to come to us in short bursts only. It seems to be rather like a short-acting drug and once the effects wear off then people quickly go back to their unmotivated state. So the question is how do we train ourselves to get motivated and to stay motivated?
Getting motivated is perhaps the easiest part of the problem. It helps if you find something you are so passionate about that you want to just shout about it from the nearest rooftop. It could be a hobby, your job or any part of your life that really gets you excited. Passion is important because it is this element which will allow you to find new motivation each and every day. The key to staying motivated is repetition where you keep doing what you started until it becomes a habit and so that it becomes second nature to you.
So if you are passionate about something you will be more likely to stay motivated to keep going with it long after the initial novelty of doing something new and exciting has worn off. It is also important to do things in your life which are in line with your desires and morals. If what you seek to do does not fit in with your ethical beliefs then you will find it difficult to sustain your motivation in the long term.
You must also deal with obstacles which crop up along the way as you seek to get from where you are now to where you eventually want to be. Having things go wrong can be a real motivational killer and many people just give up at the first sign of trouble. However finding your own inner strength to redouble your efforts during the tough times will pay off. Remember why you got motivated in the first place and hold those thoughts close as you work to overcome the problems in your path.
British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill said: “Never, never, never give up” but the sad thing is that many people give up on their goals just short of the finishing line. Don’t let that be you. Make a habit of doing the things you care about so that the motivation will stay strong to carry you past the finishing line.