Whatever your goals may be, achieving success may feel complicated.
But it doesn't have to feel that way!
Even though the road to achieving success for any particular goal may be long and winding, the underlying, and only single real factor that determines your ability to follow that long and winding path all the way to the end and to success is: MOTIVATION.
What is your motivation?
Motivation feeds initiative, drive, resourcefulness, endurance, toughness, and the list goes on. It underpins every other quality that is necessary to succeed. So is your motivation, a new year's resolution gym membership, or maybe that $300 you spent on a fitness tracker, or maybe all those articles you've read that tell you that exercise is part of a long and healthy lifestyle?
Those might be extrinsic motivating factors, but they aren't true deep seeded intrinsic motivation, the kind that will continue to fuel you, day-in and day-out, month-in and month-out. True intrinsic motivation is something that burns inside of you, something that you always carry with you. You can't just decide you're going to skip your workout to watch a tv show airing tonight, intrinsic motivation won't let you sabotage success like that. You can't forget your intrinsic motivation on the bedside table in the morning and then use that as an excuse not to work towards your goals that day, intrinsic motivation is right there with you all the time. You can't forget about your intrinsic motivation when there isn't an article that prompts you to think about it on your news feed that day, it's always burning in your mind and in your soul.
Before you set another goal, look deep and be honest with yourself (always harder than it sounds), find your intrinsic motivations and focus on the one that is most compatible with your goal and therefore able to drive your daily actions towards success. Some forms of intrinsic motivation are fundamentally positive at their core, like a life long passion or interest. Maybe you love to read daily and consume books and articles at a feverish pace, and maybe your goal is to lose weight. You would do well to combine the two by actively and consistently looking for books, articles, subjects, videos, etc, that you can read on the many areas relating to weight loss. In turn, this new approach on a life long passion would would motivate and affect your daily decisions on food, exercise, and life choices that support weight-loss. While other forms of intrinsic motivation are fundamentally more negative, such as disease, emotional distress, physical disability, etc. Regardless of the form of intrinsic motivation, the approach remains the same and your success will depend on your motivation.
Look deep, make the connection, work towards success.
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