Motivation, like luck, is a very fickle lover. You’re highly motivated, moving forward at warp speed with everything going your way and never even notice Mistress Motivation slipping out the back door…
Always finish what you are doing. You will have many short term goals before you meet your major goal. Finish each one at a time. Use determination to get through each.
If what you want to achieve is important to you and you don’t feel motivated, just do it anyway without feeling motivated! Make the decision to do it. Yes this might take an act of will, discipline and determination. Yes it might be unpleasant, require a commitment and you might even have to give up something else. Yet you do it because you know the end result, your goal and that is more important than whether you feel motivated or not. The problem is that most people focus on what they have to give up rather than focussing on the long term gain.
A discussion of motivation and Let’s be friends is not complete without a mention of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Psychologist Maslow wrote a paper in 1934 titled ‘A Theory of Human Motivation’. In this paper, he gave his opinion on what he thought motivates human behaviour. The lowest motivation for human conduct is a desire to acquire some creature comforts. You are at this level if you are struggling to get by. Those at the highest levels of human motivation seek to self-actualize. They live for higher things, believed in higher ideals, and move for higher reasons motivated by the highest human thoughts.
Do not look for reward, they will come – though rewards are always attached to labor, you look to the labor part of the job. Unselfish labor reaps the biggest rewards in regards to motivation.
Who: Who do you know who’s got that “spirit” you’re looking for? You might not be able to tell by looking, but as you get to know a person, you can often see what’s driving them. So one great technique is to look for strong role models, or mentors, and spend time thinking about why they do what THEY do.
If you do the things listed here you will build your self up. You will have a strong positive attitude. And that will keep you doing the work that it takes to hit your goals. You will be able to keep going despite conditions or circumstances.