One of the most profound and simple realisations that you can have for your personal aspirations is the fact that you don’t have to feel like doing something, to actually do something.
You don’t need to be ‘motivated’ and you don’t need to be ‘in the mood’.
In the absence of those things, you still have the power to do the work.
How many people feel like going into work in the morning? Much less than the people welcoming in some extra sleep, that’s for sure. Yet you get up and go to work. Why? Because you don’t need to feel like it, you do it out of obligation, necessity, aspiration and more. Motivation has nothing to do with it.
What everyone needs to do more of, is apply that type of thinking, that realisation, to their personal interests. Why do we religiously do things with no motivation in an effort to satisfy others, but we stop when it’s about us?
You don’t need to feel like going to the gym to go to the gym,
You don’t need to feel like studying to sit down and study,
It’s just something you do and it’s an obligation to yourself.
You owe yourself.
You have the power to put the requisite amount of effort into anything you do, regardless of feeling motivated or not.
Burnout is real, re-evaluating your life is real, looking for something better and not liking where you are is also real and common.
Having the power to do the work doesn’t mean we tolerate these things. Burnout can be managed, time can be taken off, lives can be re-evaluated, and plans can be formulated. You have the power for all that as well.
To knuckle down and do the work, might be more of a success factor than any other trait you could have. Intelligence, a silver tongue, specialised knowledge and natural talents all kneel before luck.
And luck happens to strike people who are putting in the work, consistently. The world seems to conspire to make those people’s dreams become a reality.
Whether you write books, or you write code, motivation is overrated and the work is what actually get’s you where you want to be.
Motivation only helps you out until it get’s difficult. Once it get’s difficult, discipline, routine and just doing the work will show you the results you’ve been after. You’ve got the power to do it, you just have to start.
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