Screw Motivation

Teyana Taylor had millions of us starting at our screens like teenagers with a new crush last night. Her body was on point as the star in Kanye’s new music video for his song, Fade. Suddenly every girl with internet access had new #bodygoals - and for good reason, Teyana’s body looks like a work of art. But here is the thing, the kind of motivation you get from seeing the beauty of the end result (the end result being an incredible body in this case) fades.  The real question is, will you still keep doing the work necessary when the motivation is no longer there?

Most of us set some badass goals for 2016 (ha! Remember those?) and we are now approaching the last quarter of the year. Did your goals go down the drain when the motivation faded? For some goals, my answer to this is yes. I quietly let some goals slip because I just can’t find the motivation. Here is a piece of advice I read a long time ago that is helping me get back on track:

Motivation is fleeting. Your goals cannot depend on it.

If you have a vision for your life that inspires you, you can’t wait on motivation to carry you to the finish line. As a matter of fact, there is a reason we call successful people “driven”, “self-directed” and “self-motivated”. The successful don’t wait for motivation from the world, they create their own momentum by becoming the directors of their lives.  

If you are reading this and you know the only thing standing between you and that bangin’ body/that money/that passion project (etc) is lack of motivation, decide right now to stop waiting for motivation to direct your life. Decide to become self-directed instead.  

Here are some resources to help you (and me) make that happen:

1. In this video, Marie Forleo (an ex-Nike athlete turned millionaire life coach) talks about what to focus on when your motivation starts slipping because you don’t see results. 

2. If you aren’t clear on your life’s (or your 2016) vision, here is a resource from Lewis Howes' School of Greatness.

3. If the true reason you aren’t doing what you need to do is a lack of discipline, listen to this very real podcast from Courtney Sanders, the founder of ThinkAndGrowChick. 

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