What is important to you in life? Is it your friends? Your health? Your job? Your partner? Your family? What are you willing to drop everything for, or maybe even die for? Countless studies have been done over the past few decades of how we’re slowly killing ourselves with our bad habits and decisions. While we’ve made lots of progress over the past few decades, we’ve also had some serious setbacks when it comes to the choices we’re making, especially in the health areas.
One of the things I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and working on is finding my motivation. Why? Because you can work a job, have a life, and do things all while looking and feeling like a robot. That’s not really living, that’s getting by. And we’ve seen lots of examples this year of people who died while still very young, so it’s a big reminder that each and every day is valuable and any day could be your last. So what’s the point in bringing up motivation, after all you kind of have to see to your responsibilities, whether you like them or not, right?
It’s about our emotional involvement and attachment to who we’re with and what we’re doing. If we’re not motivated, invested or otherwise really interested and it’s just a cut-and-dry responsibility, often we don’t give it our best effort, and the effort we do give it is lackluster, lazy, or late. So really, one of the things we’ve missed out on is choosing things that we’re properly motivated for and interested in. Yes, sometimes you have to make a choice about a job or food because you’re desperate but even then more often than not you do have a choice (probably several) and you’ve chosen not to look for them or act on them. But when you’re able to make a choice based on what you feel is truly best for you or what motivates you it will get done quicker, you’ll be less likely to complain about it, and even when you face challenges you’ll be in a better mind frame to deal with them because you’re really invested in what you’re doing or the person you’re helping.
If your life looks boring, distasteful or you have to drag yourself through your day, I’d say it’s a good time for a motivation check. Are you really invested in things that are important to you, are you doing things because people have told you to or are you just doing what’s necessary to get by?
“You need to feel that the game is important to you. Lose that feeling and you lose your edge. There’s no faking that kind of emotion. You can’t invent the feeling. It’s got to be natural, real.” Dan Marino