Why Motivation Is Not Enough

When you first set a goal, you’re usually very motivated and excited about achieving your objective. However, motivation alone is not enough.

The problem with motivation is that it fluctuates on a daily basis. One day you’re incredibly motivated and the next day you lose motivation completely. Here’s what a graph of motivation against time looks like for most people.

If you depend on motivation to reach your objective, it’s quite likely that you’ll give up on your goal during a period of low motivation.

The real secret of success is to adopt an attitude that removes motivation from the equation. A good way to do this is to make the decision to do what you need to do even when you don’t feel like doing it.

This is the attitude adopted by Olympic athletes. Contrary to popular belief, elite athletes do not bound out of bed every morning eager to do their training. Like everyone else, sometimes they are motivated and sometimes they are not. What sets them apart from most people is that they have made the decision to do what they need to do even when they don’t feel like doing it.

So today I’d like to encourage you to review your goals and make the decision to do what you need to do on a daily basis even when you don’t feel like doing it.

When your motivation is low, instead of saying:

"I just don’t feel like doing this today!"

Develop the habit of saying:

"I just don’t feel like doing this today BUT I will do it anyway! "

When you adopt this attitude and commit yourself to taking action even when you don’t feel like it, you eliminate motivation as a limiting factor in your success and greatly increase the chances of making your dreams a reality.

Until next time,

Dare To Dream!

Anthony

Busy or Productive?

One of the best ways to accelerate your progress towards achieving your most important goals is to understand the difference between being busy and being productive.

These days everyone is busy. We’re busy with work commitments, family commitments, community commitments and study commitments just to name a few. We all seem to start each day with a long and demanding ‘To Do’ list.

The big question is – Are the items on your ‘To Do’ list leading you towards achieving your most important goals?

Being truly productive does not involve simply getting a lot of tasks done. It involves identifying and completing the specific tasks that will lead you where you really want to go.

A great question to ask yourself at the end of each day is:

"Am I a step closer to achieving my goals than I was this morning?"

If the answer to this question is "Yes" then you’ve had a productive day. If the answer is "No" then chances are you’ve been very busy but not really productive.

The best way to make the transition from being busy to being productive is to follow these steps:

Step 1: Identify your most important current goals

Step 2: Determine the specific tasks that will move you a step closer to achieving each of your goals

Step 3: Schedule these tasks early in your day when you’re fresh and alert

For example, when I was a computer consultant, I was working up to 70 hours a week but deep down I knew that my actions were not taking me any closer to achieving my goals. I felt like a duck swimming against a fast flowing river. I was paddling as hard as I could but I just wasn’t getting anywhere.

Finally I realized what the problem was – I was always busy but never productive.

To break this pattern I set aside one hour a day as ‘My Time’ to work on my own business. This wasn’t always easy to find but I loved the feeling that came from knowing I was doing something productive each day to achieve my goals.

Eventually those one hour blocks of time led to the creation of PianoIsFun.com which in turn helped me to walk away from the corporate world.

So I encourage you today to make the transition from being busy to being productive by following the three steps above. When you know what your goals are and you commit to taking a productive step towards achieving them each day, your success really is just a matter of time.

Until next time,

Dare To Dream!

Anthony