Here is what the greats have to say about motivation.
“The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get into the office.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
“The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognise that, in life, they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation. For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
“Most people can motivate themselves to do things simply by knowing that those things need to be done. But not me. For me, motivation is this horrible, scary game where I try to make myself do something while I actively avoid doing it. If I win, I have to do something I don’t want to do. And if I lose, I’m one step closer to ruining my entire life. And I never know whether I’m going to win or lose until the last second.”
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
“When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”
“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.”
“Success… seems to be connected with action.”
Motivation isn’t easy to find. Motivation can feel impossible to find. But the truth is, it’s actually more about generating it and developing practices that will keep it as a constant than it is about searching under every rock.
I know my motivation often stems from my practice of constantly keeping my goals mentally connected to my daily tasks, reviewing my vision and objectives board and updating my weekly progress statements.
[This post by Jon Westenberg first appeared on Medium and has been reproduced with permission.]