“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

The quote above is from Jim Ryun, a former American politician and track and field athlete. I love it because not only does it articulate the role of today’s topic, motivation, in driving your journey towards your ideal life, it also reveals the role of habit in keeping the journey moving. And creating habits is what this challenge is all about!

Motivation is an interesting concept.

If you Google “motivation” right now, you’ll be met with over 1 billion search results(!) There’s certainly no lack of “motivation” available to us, but unfortunately motivation is not found that easily. At least not really.

What motivates one person can be totally meaningless to someone else. Motivation is subjective. It is internal. It is uniquely individual in nature.

And yet it is VITAL to success!

Think back to the last championship sports game you watched, the last awards acceptance speech—it’s pretty routine that at some point in the recipient’s spiel, they thank the people who contributed to their success, the people who kept them going. They thank their motivators.

I have found that motivation really sticks, really persists when it’s tied to relationships. Because relationships really are what drive us as human beings. We long for community and inclusion. We want to be loved. Our relationships fuel us and keep us going, even when not much else can.

Here’s a great example: say you have two people whose goal is to lose 10 pounds. One wants to lose the weight to look better in a bathing suit. The other wants to lose weight to become healthier, keep sickness at bay, and live a long and happy life with her family and loved ones.

Who do you think will ultimately be successful? Maybe (hopefully!) both of them, but you can bet that the second person, whose motivations are tied to relationships, will be more persistent in their journey.

This brings me to another point: As important as it is to find the things (and the people) that motivate you, it is equally important to identify the things (and the people) that do not.

When it comes to relationships, whether we realize it or not, we are greatly influenced by those closest to us. They impact our way of thinking, our self-esteem, and our decisions. There’s a popular school of thought (originally from Jim Rohn) that you are the average of the five people who you spend the most time with. If those people are anything less than supportive, uplifting, inspiring—people who generally make you BETTER—then you need to make some personnel changes.

Here’s a final quote to end today’s lesson on motivation:

“Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must and should be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.” -Les Brown

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