Motivated people can make miracles happen.
It’s no secret.
There are countless self-help books available in the market on the subject. Unfortunately, a majority of them share the same advice, follow your passion and you will find motivation.
As much of a hook as that pitch makes, I, for one, disagree with it.
People have the potential to achieve great things, whether they fall under the umbrella of their passion or not.
No, I am not being cocky. Neither am I overly confident about my abilities and skillset. I do, however, hold great faith in human potential.
I believe anyone can achieve greatness if they set their mind to it. Passion is not required. Motivation is.
You can read all the self-help books on motivation that you want, but it’s my guarantee that all the information you’ll find in them is nothing more than poppycock.
Now, I apologize if any of the authors or publishers feel offended, but it is true.
How can I say that with certainty? Well, I earn my livelihood reading books and extracting their core message.
I’ve read quite a handful on the subject of motivation and I am yet to be impressed by the core message of any one of them.
So, you might now be wondering, if I haven’t found any worthwhile information in any of the books, why am I writing this post?
Frankly, I struggled in finding the motivation to pursue my dreams just as much as the next guy.
At least, that was the case until recently when I finally came across the secret that makes it all happen.
The Secret to Finding and Staying Motivated
Yes, I finally stumbled across the secret that drives people toward success; motivation.
You see, there exists a long-prevailing misconception about the motivation that, once you find it, you get an insatiable drive to achieve your goals.
If, that were indeed true, what are you supposed to do until then?
Seek motivation? Watch motivational videos? Listen to keynotes from TEDx or some great storytellers?
But who hasn’t already done all that, right? But has this approach actually worked for anyone?
Maybe it has for a few. But, I am talking about the majority. Have they benefited from all the motivational material available on the web? They haven’t.
However, they can, now!
Here’s the thing about motivation; it isn’t the starting point. It is, in fact, the second step of your journey.
How so? Well, if you sit around waiting to find motivation, you’ll probably be doing that for some time.
What you should be doing instead, is taking the initiative. The first step. That’s the big secret.
Try it. Whatever it is that you have been prolonging, avoiding, or ignoring, try initiating it.
Invest just two minutes of your time. You’ll see that as you initiate the process of doing whatever it is that you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t, motivation will follow.
You’ll feel a sudden burst inside of you. A drive to follow through. Go from A to B. That’s motivation.
It’s also the human psyche.
People often find themselves weighed down by laziness. If you keep binging shows on Netflix, the laziness will keep consuming you.
Nonetheless, if you can overcome that laziness and bring yourself about to take that first step, you won’t have to look for motivation because it will find you.
All you gotta do is, Take that First Step.