I remember when I was in college and I was hanging out with some guys who were in a fraternity and they were telling me that their main priority in college was to basically chase girls and drink a lot of beer. At that time, all that sounded like a good idea. After all, who could argue with a nice fraternity party?
I mean, we're talking about a party that snaked around the block, long lines of people, lots of beer that seemed to flow endlessly. What's not to love? Well, the problem is, if your motivation is based on something that can easily be taken away from you, then you have your problem on your hands. You have to understand that motivation is the raw ingredient of any kind of success.
I don't care whether you are studying for a test so you can get some sort of accreditation. I don't care whether you are studying for a board exam or you are looking to migrate to another country. Motivation is crucial to any kind of goal achievement. Unfortunately, it's very easy for us to assume that we're already motivated.
It's very easy for us to take the snarky attitude, that, Hey, I'm doing what I'm doing, right? That means that I am motivated. Well, you cannot take motivation for granted. At the very least, you cannot look at what you're already doing and conclude that the fact that you're doing them means that you are motivated.
If you were to do that, chances are, you are setting yourself up for a big letdown. Chances are, you're only setting yourself up for even minor challenges to throw you off track. It doesn't take much if your level of motivation is so shallow, problematic and derivative that any little problem is enough to throw you off.
If you pair this with the fact that most Americans and most modern people, for that matter, have increasingly small attention spans, then it is no surprise that people end up spending their lives doing stuff that they think will take their lives to the next level, but they quickly realize that they've been spinning their wheels all this time.
That's how powerful real motivation is. When you are truly motivated, you look at your life based on first principles. You dispense with the busy stuff that doesn't really take you anywhere. You look at the big picture. You look at your purpose. You revisit why instead of just getting bogged down, trying to figure out what and how to do things.
Do you see how this works? Do yourself a big favor. Stop taking your motivation level for granted and you will probably achieve greater results. If you are in any way, shape or form stuck, frustrated or disappointed in any area of your life, you might want to start looking at how motivated you truly are.
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