Motivation Does NOT Lead to Success

You need motivation to get started, but it’s momentum that finishes the job.

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Want to succeed? Do me a favor, don’t rely on motivation.

Yes, you need the right motivation to get started or to pull you out of a slump. It’s the WHY of things. But that’s about as far as motivation can take you.

Don’t rely on staying motivated to keep making progress.

Focus on building a system for yourself that helps you take little steps forward — regardless of whether you feel motivated about it or not.

Why? Because little steps forward, no matter how small, will help you build momentum. And it’s momentum that drives you to the finish line and beyond, NOT motivation.

Motivation comes and goes.

Don’t rely on motivation as a painkiller to make the grind feel “easier”.

Don’t train yourself to make progress only when you feel like it.

Train yourself to be OK with not always feeling like doing something but you do it anyway — because that’s the system you live by and you already have too much momentum to stop.

Start small, start training yourself to continue the process regardless of how you feel, because that’s the actual dream.

Humans have an innate drive and amazing capacity to continue seeking and overcoming hurdle after hurdle. Some of us just have to find the balance between pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone but still sticking with a system that is sustainable.

For example, I’m on a 390-day exercising streak dating back to December 23rd, 2019. When I first started my exercising streak:

  • I started with 10 minutes a day on the treadmill. Nothing else. I made it so damn easy for myself that it was almost impossible to not do it.
  • Even when I didn’t feel like it, I was able to say, “fuck it, it’s just 10 minutes.”
  • And you know what? Over time, that 10 minutes on the treadmill was no longer enough for me. I wanted more — I didn’t need to be any more motivated, I just had too much momentum.

Motivation is a quick fix that gets you on a high, but momentum is your friend that will stick with you through thick and thin.

You don’t want to count on yourself to be motivated every day.

You want to count on yourself to to keep building momentum by sticking to a system that’s ingrained into who you are as a person because, ultimately, we are what we do, right?

Stay locked in and keep building that momentum!

I’m out 👊🏾 🤙🏾 🙏🏾

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