Last week I didn’t work a single hour on Life Stoked. My usual schedule of an hour or two a day was replaced with, well, to be honest I don’t know. I went to work on Monday morning, and came home Friday night.
And not in a “wow that week really flew by” sort of way. It didn’t. I felt it. Every. Single. Day.
It was a mental battle. I had no motivation.
To understand where I’m coming from, you should know that this project, Life Stoked, is my most favorite passion these days. I love pushing myself to live a life I’m excited about, and I love sharing that with you.
And when I don’t spend time building Life Stoked, it bums me out.
And it’s not that I didn’t want to spend time working it. I did. I thought about it every day. But I just couldn’t. Something was missing.
It happens from time to time. I go through a week or so where I just don’t have the heart to strive for excellence. I can’t find the energy to wake up early and put in the reps to get to the next level.
Everyone else is gaining ground today. Everyone else is pushing themselves. And at the end of the day, everyone else is going to be one step closer to their goals.
And me? Well I’m right where I was when I woke up (if that even).
It makes me question it all.
Am I really cut out for the level of success I’m striving for? Am I missing the “24-7 HUSTLE” gene? No one else seems to be having any trouble getting things done.
Weeks like last week I couldn’t even find the desire to open up Success Magazine for a quick article. I wasn’t reading. I wasn’t listening to podcasts. I’m really not even sure what I did outside of work.
Five days later I finally cracked a book to escape the endless tired loop playing in my head. Call it boredom I guess, but I started to read.
And everything changed.
As I turned the pages of my favorite (virtual) mentor’s latest book a strange thing began to happen. My passion returned. Just a drop at first, followed by another, and another. An hour later my familiar confidence had returned.
I’m reminded of a lesson Zig Ziglar taught me years ago.
“If you wait for a feeling to change an action, you’re never going to succeed.”
– Zig Ziglar
For five days I waited. I thought I needed motivation to begin, but what I really needed was to begin to get motivated. It’s funny how that works, backwards from what you’d expect.
And I think most of us never learn that lesson.
Start with the action, and the feeling will follow.
- Waiting to get motivated to make it to the gym in the morning? Sorry, it’s not coming.
- Waiting for inspiration to strike to start that book? Get comfortable.
- Waiting for someone to come along and fire you up? What if they don’t show up?!
I count myself fortunate to have been gently reminded of this lesson after only a few days of wasted time. How long are you going to wait?
What helps you get re-motivated?
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