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  • Writer's pictureErin Cartright

What is motivation and why is it not the KEY to your success?

Have you ever said to yourself…..

“I just need to be more motivated.”

“I am not motivated enough.”

“My motivation is low right now.”

“I have ZERO motivation today.”

And so on and so on…

Do you know what I have to say to all of this? It’s true. and it’s also bullshit.

Motivation as defined by Webster’s Dictionary is 1. “The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.” 2. “The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.”

These definitions are what makes it true.

That first definition is what helps you to define your reason for making a change. In my world we call that your “WHY”. The motivation is always there because those reasons are always going to be there. They aren’t going anywhere. They aren’t suddenly going to change because you don’t feel “motivated” anymore.

Why do you want to make this change?

What was that defining moment for you that you knew you needed to make a change?

What are all the reasons why this is important?

Why are you and your health important?

I can go on, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

These questions are what help you to define your motivators. The answer to these questions is what helps you take that first, initial action but they are not what will help keep you moving.

That is why the above statements are also bullshit.

Because let’s be honest if that was all it took to get you there and keep you there, you wouldn’t be reading this post.

When I think of motivation I picture it as a wave. There are going to be ups and downs. It’s what makes a wave a wave. But there is one thing that is always consistent with a wave- the water. In order for the wave to build and become a visible wave action is needed. The more action the water takes and generates the higher the wave will be.

You are the water!

Take action. Any action. Big or small.

Generate your own motivation.

And show the world the Tsunami you are meant to be.


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