It’s quite an interesting word really.
We will often hear people talk about how to stay motivated when things get tough, or how to reignite a lost motivation and anything that is of a similar disposition, and while the intentions are good it is a sad truth that it rarely helps, if at all.
Talking a good game to achieve that instantaneous boots in moral is easy.
People can get a similar dopamine hit from merely talking about what they re going to do, in fact if you take the time to dig in to the science surrounding it you’ll find that the brain scans etc are almost indistinguishable in terms of response, meaning from a glance (without knowing exactly what to look for), you’d not see any really difference.
Same goes for the biochemical responses, to a degree.
That’s a rather fascinating little thing to know, however don’t take my word for it, please delve down that rabbit hole.
Anyway, back to motivation.
Aiming to sustain it, reignite it, or draw on some special reserve is largely a fruitless endeavour because it isn’t motivation that keeps us going, it’s resilience.
It is easy to see how people think it’s that people are highly motivated, however this not really how it works because you will find that the aforementioned is more akin to gasoline and added to the fire for that initial oomph in to action and after that you’re going to need something more substantial to keep that furnace going.
Unfortunately I can’t tell you what that ‘thing’ is to you because I’m not you.
For me it’s a simple case of enjoying the struggle and having go fight my way through a tough challenge because once I come out the other end of it all I will know a lot more about myself.
This is what sustains me through the resistances I meet when pursuing a goal.
It’s a conscience choice to keep moving forwards, that’s all.
If you can make yourself doing the thing you need to do, then in the end you’ll find what once seemed like an insurmountable task wasn’t really that bad, even if the struggle is real it’s better to embrace it every step of the way and just do what needs to be done, than it is to rely on bursts of motivation.
Of course this is only one perspective.
Having lofty goals can be a good thing, you’d be surprised that if you are to ask for the Moon how often once all was said and done it would be given to you.
Aim high, fight on, enjoy your motivation while it’s there just don’t rely on it and prepare for the struggle.
Once you come out the other end, it’ll all be worth it.