Motivation*

Monday, 26 October 2015, By Todd Maas

How much do you want it?

This question is really at the heart of anything that you do. It is the thing that drives you. It is what is left when you have stripped back all of the reasons you give for wanting to achieve something. It is also what is left when you give reasons for not doing something. All of the excuses. All of the temptations, the hesitation, the self-doubt. All of the work and social commitments. All of it comes back to that same question.

 

How much do you want it?

This is not always a simple question. It can be a state of moving towards pleasure, such as the joy of being able to comfortably wear that swimsuit at the beach, knowing that you look and feel fantastic. Or it can be moving away from pain, such as not feeling those judgmental looks anymore when you wear that swimsuit at the beach. To achieve long lasting results, you need to understand these motivations - seeking pleasure, or escaping pain. And you need to understand the reason why these results are important to you. By this, I mean setting goals that are in line with your values.

 

How much do you want it?

Start from the start. What do you want to achieve? Make it specific. Make it measurable. Make it attainable. Make it realistic. Put a timeframe on it - a specific date. Then, write it all down. Place it somewhere so that you will see it on a regular basis: on your bedside table, on your bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator, on your car dashboard, on your desk at work. Without this end point in mind, how can you begin? Make a goal. Make it yours.

 

How much do you want it?

Why do you want to achieve this goal? What is its significance to you? What is its value? You must attach a meaning to your goal. Without meaning, without value, the goal is not important, and you will not be as committed to it as you could be, which means you are less likely to persist with it and therefore less likely to achieve the results you want. Values must be personal, and relate specifically to you. What would losing 10kgs mean to you? How would you feel being 10kgs lighter? What would you be able to do that you can't now? How will losing 10kgs affect your life?

 

How much do you want it?

It isn't easy. If it were, everyone would be doing it. It takes planning. Dedication. Discipline. Self-control. All of these things come from within you. Nobody can do it for you. And yet, understanding your goals and values, and having that structure in place will always hold you in good stead. Yes, it will be tough. But like all things, we adapt. These things don't become easier - we get better. There is an endless amount of information available with tips on how to stay motivated. But in the end, it all comes back to that same question.

 

So, how much do you want it?

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