We all know that motivation is an important ingredient in success. When you are highly motivated, you can climb over just about any obstacle that gets in your way on your path to success. High levels of motivation have propelled men and women to achieve great things throughout history, accomplishments that were once believed to be impossible.
It almost seems self-evident that you need a lot of motivation if you want to be successful at anything in life.
But is that really true?
2 Examples To Consider…
Take for instance, the goal of losing weight…
Do you need motivation to lose weight? If you don’t feel motivated, does that mean you cannot lose weight? Does your body know the difference?
Suppose you want to lose weight, but you feel completely unmotivated. What if you got on a treadmill and walked for an hour? You could spend that entire hour thinking about how unmotivated you feel and how you’re just not in the mood to lose weight. But what would happen? Would your body still end up burning off 400-500 calories anyways?
I think it would, whether you felt motivated or not.
You might also want to make money, yet you don’t have a shred of motivation to do so. But if you have a job – even a job you hate – you will still make money if you just show up and do what you’re supposed to do. You can hate every minute of it and have zero motivation, but you’ll still get that paycheck every couple weeks.
Motivation Isn’t Everything
Because of these two examples above, I think that motivation is not absolutely critical to success. I can look at lots of people who hate their jobs and have no motivation to succeed there, but they drag themselves to work every day and earn their pay, and they are way more successful than me when it comes to making money, even though I’m actually passionate about it.
The Power Of Action
Motivation doesn’t move mountains, but actions do.
In the same way, it’s possible to move forward towards our goals even when we don’t feel any motivation to do so. If we simply do the things that successful people do, we will receive the rewards that successful people receive.
That is really pretty amazing, when you stop to think about it. I’m actually starting to feel a little more motivated just thinking about how high motivation isn’t the Holy Grail of success.
This means that we may be putting the cart before the horse and beating ourselves up for not feeling motivated.
What Comes First – Motivation Or Action?
So then, maybe we don’t really need to build up our motivation first in order to have success? It helps, of course, to feel passionate and excited about working towards our goals. It’s energizing, and being a highly motivated person can take us farther than we imagine.
But we don’t technically need it. If it’s there, great, but if it’s not, then that’s okay too.
You can literally succeed without feeling it.
And the cool thing is that motivation can also follow action and result from it. You don’t need to build your motivation first, you can leapfrog right over that hurdle and go straight to work doing whatever it is you need to do to succeed. Just taking positive actions – in spite of feeling unmotivated – can in itself be motivating!
Man, I’m getting pumped right now…
So what about you?
Are you stuck in a rut, waiting for inspiration to strike before you get busy? Could you short-circuit that process and just get moving, and if so, do you think that motivation and success would follow?