What is motivation? Is it what helps us all get out of the bed in the morning? Is it what gets us all to work on time? What if we lost our motivation somewhere down the line? How do we get it back? Unfortunately I don't have the answer to that question yet and I'm pretty sure I'm not alone. Maybe by the end of this post we can learn something together, and maybe just maybe have an answer to that question.
I envy those people who wake up in the morning and feel fresh and cheery. Its been a long time since I felt that way, and I'm about ready to get that feeling back. I'm writing this post in the hopes that I can pinpoint exactly where I lost my motivation. I guess I figure if I know where I lost it I'll know where to find it, but is that really the answer? We all want to be able to say we're happy with our lives and we enjoy the start of every day but the truth is that a lot of us can't say that. Is that fair? Who cheated us out of that blissful sensation? Could we have done it to ourselves? No, that can't be it, or can it?
Motivation seems to come in two forms. There is regular old motivation which can come in the form of a movie we saw, or a song we heard, or even a special person we met somewhere along the line, but this type of motivation never seems to last that long, and its a little hard to come by isn't it? The other form of motivation is called self motivation and its even harder to come by, at least for some of us, well at least for me anyways. I've spent a lot of time thinking about where I left my motivation, or where I may have lost it and how to find it again. At the end of all my pointless recollecting I realized something. I didn't lose my motivation and it wasn't taken from me, I simply put it away and I chose not to see or use it anymore. It wasn't a conscious choice but it was still a choice. This is a choice that is inside of all of us and its up to us and only us to make this choice. We can wait for some amazing life changing event to come along and motivate us or we can say to hell with it and put aside the sorrow or the pity or the shame or whatever the hell it is we hid our motivation behind and take it back with a vengeance. Lets forget about why or where we hid our motivation and focus on the fact that its still there and its still ours and nobody not even yourself can take it away from you. So the next time you or someone you know "loses" there motivation think about it and take a another look a little closer to home.
Hopefully motivating One at a Time.