Successful People Don’t Rely Just On Motivation, Here’s Why.

What I am about to share has been a game changer for how I approach my goals.

When I first began my personal development journey in 2017, I relied heavily on motivation. If I didn’t feel motivated, I didn’t do the work. It was that simple.

On days when my motivation levels were high, I felt unstoppable. I took action and worked on my goals. In contrast, on the days (which there were many), when my motivation levels were low, I didn’t take action. It felt like I wasn’t making any progress, sometimes for weeks at a time because I was relying purely on my motivation levels.

While motivation is amazing and I hope you have all experienced times when you are in flow, feeling good and making some serious progress on your goals, I want to share what I have learned over the years which is, if you want to be successful, motivation ALONE is not enough.

Just as our energy levels and moods change, so do our motivation levels. While some days our levels are high and we feel like we can be incredibly proactive, other days we won’t. It fades after a period of time and that’s normal. It’s like we have a honeymoon period when we set a new goal. We feel so in love and happy, then after a while, it becomes work.

The difference between successful people (the go-getters and doers) vs the rest of us, is what we do in this next part – we focus on building a habit or we keep relying on motivation.

If you go with option b – relying on motivation, you may not achieve your goal. Why? You’re only working on the goal when you feel like it. Daily and consistent action is what leads to goal attainment.

It is much easier (in the long run) to rely on the power of habit than it is to rely on motivation. So, how do we make the shift from relying on motivation alone to creating sustainable habits? I’m glad you asked!😉

First, review your goal. Why is this your goal and when do you want to achieve it?

Second, reverse engineer the steps that are needed to complete your goal. It doesn’t need to be a ‘perfect’ list of steps to take (because as many of you would know, it’s not a linear process to complete a goal and the steps will likely change). I’d suggest focusing on the next few steps so you know what you can do in the present.

Third, schedule time into your week to work on your goal. If you are a creature of habit, it may be best to schedule it at the same time each week. Otherwise, if you work better when you have a less rigid schedule, you could choose a different day each week to work on the goal.

Four, honour this time. Even on the days when you’re not feeling excited about working on your goal, keep going. This is how you break free of relying on motivation and instead focus on creating a habit. While creating a new habit can be hard at first (because we have to train our brain and consciously work on it), over time, it will become automatic and we won’t need to think about it. We want to get to the point where it would feel strange not to work on our goal.

Here’s a real life example:
I started writing my personal development book back in 2017. I didn’t self-publish my book until mid-2021. This goal took me a few years to complete because for a long period of time, I was working on it when I felt inspired to write. I relied on motivation. There would be weeks when I wouldn’t write a word and other days, I’d be able to write a few chapters.

The focus and commitment I made to the writing process was not consistent. Why? Because I had no routine. After a while, I decided to assign time to write each day. My manuscript was finished and then I began the editing process. I did three revisions by myself and then I stopped.

Between the writing and the editing, I slipped back into my old pattern of behaviour – relying on motivation. Another factor which I didn’t know at the time was that my limiting beliefs were preventing me from taking the manuscript any further. I didn’t want to discuss the book with others out of fear of judgement (which I have worked on and discovered comes from a want to feel accepted) and, I also worried what an editor would think. Eventually, I decided to hire an editor to review my book and assist with self-publishing the end result.

I share this story with you because I want you to know, you are not alone. If success was easy, we would all be at the same level. Think of what step you can take right now and take action.

Once I realised that I needed to create a habit and take action, I rapidly increased the work I was doing on my book and within 6 months, the book was self-published.

Focus on being committed rather than on how motivated you feel. There are days when we just don’t want to put in the work. Focus on creating a habit, by taking consistent action as often as we can.
I hope this post gives you some actionable tips and tools to help you keep achieving your goals.

If you would like to explore this further, why not book a 15 minute coaching call with me? I’d love to (virtually) meet you and see where you are at on your journey.

If this resonates with you, you can book a call here.

Love and light,
Tash. xx

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