Motivation alone won’t make you successful. Learn why you must be committed to taking action and doing whatever it takes to reach your full potential.
If you’re living in this century, you’ve seen your share of motivational quotes, speakers, and coaches.
Whether it’s on YouTube, iTunes, social media, or at an in-person event, there is absolutely no shortage when it comes to the topic of motivation.
While motivation from others can be electrifying and can inspire you, it is not enough for you to become successful. In fact, there are three very distinct reasons why relying solely on the motivation of others will not get you to the next level.
Why motivation alone won’t make you successful
#1. There is an expiration date
Contrary to what anyone else says, nobody is ever motivated all the time. Life has a way of presenting us with obstacles and challenges that can really throw us for a loop.
Without the mindset or the strategy to overcome those obstacles, you dramatically increase your odds of giving up. It’s no surprise that so many people are energized during a live event, or watching a video that empowers them, only to return to the adverse realities of their own life.
The “you can do it” and “you’re meant to be great” heard at the latest seminar begins to fade away. As a result, the overwhelm of things that presently exist in their life begin to set in. This becomes a hard reminder that it takes more than the positive and inspiring words of someone else to get you through your periods of adversity.
So, if motivation is temporary this means you must have other resources in place that will help achieve the success you desire.
#2. It’s not connected to your purpose
We become inspired by other people’s stories all the time but the greatest motivation will always come from within. When you become motivated by what’s inside of you, you are driven by purpose.
You will need a strong conviction or internal driving force in order to build a life of success. That drive can only stem from what’s important to you, what is relevant in your life, and what affects you in a profound way.
When that outside motivation is lacking, that deep passion and drive within begins to take over. You often hear this referred to as your “why”. Your reason for pursuing your goals is what will push you when you don’t feel like going any further.
The difference between good and great boils down to your ability to inspire or motivate yourself in times of need. You can see why operating based on strong beliefs and purpose is so essential. It’s an advantage of living with purpose—having something to chase will outshine any type of motivation you will receive from anyone on any given day.
#3. Without action, motivation means nothing
Positive actions create positive results. Period.
Motivation without momentum or action, is simply hype. Unless you do something every day that brings you closer towards your goals, you will not accomplish anything at all.
The result is the same even if you listened to every motivational outlet there is. I know a lot of people who are amazing motivators but never accomplish their goals. Their bad habits, lack of focus, and the absence of a blueprint for success keeps them stuck in a vicious cycle.
If your dreams don’t work unless you do, then motivation without implementation is the road to nowhere. This is very common because it feels great to be inspired and motivated. However, that doesn’t apply to taking consistent action.
There will be times where you must act despite how you feel or what’s going on in your life. Ask any successful person and they will all have a story of something they had to do even while they were faced with the feelings of throwing in the towel.
Nobody ever motivated their way towards their dreams. They acted because of their motivation and were able to reach their version of success. Remember, motivation and action together are what make dreams a reality.
So, next time you get your daily dose of motivation, make sure you’re committed to taking action and doing whatever it takes to reach your full potential. May this year be your most successful year yet!