I recently read an article on the importance of motivation when it comes to making a change in a person’s life. I remember quitting smoking, losing weight, and getting on the self-help bandwagon after my divorce. And why was this? Because I was extremely motivated to be a better, healthier and wiser person that didn’t make the same mistakes twice.
But here is the funny thing about motivation… it has different degrees, it comes and goes, and people are motivated by different things. I know if someone were to offer me $100,000 to quit smoking I would quit in an instant. The motivation is simply too appealing, but if someone were to offer me $1,000,000 to deny God, I would laugh and walk away. So depending on what the result is the motivation may or may not work.
It doesn’t have to be the new year to find what motivates you to make changes and you certainly don’t have to wait until your life is in ruins as well. Unfortunately, that seems to be the way it goes at times, but something can be done about it. Remember that motivation is a reason to do something; it is what drives us to do the things we do. Under every decision or action is some form of motivation for it.
If there is a part of your life or a bad habit you want to change I want you to find a strong and specific reason to change. Make this your motivation, your reason to be a better person. Making significant changes in my life by setting goals and working towards them was one of the best things I chose to do after my divorce. It gave me something to do other than sit around and feel sorry for myself, sure I did plenty of that, but you don’t want to look back on your life months or even years from now wondering why you still make the same poor choices.
Your motivation will come and go so make sure you have reminders around to help keep you on target with what you want to achieve. Keep pressing toward your goals – nobody is going to hand you anything on a silver platter, you’re going to have to work for it but things earned with blood and sweat are so much more satisfying than things that simply fall into your lap.
What do you want to change and what motivates you??