What are desire and motivation?
Desire and motivation go together like Bert and Ernie. You can’t have one without the other. While similar, they play different roles in helping you achieve your goals. Desire helps you put your focus on something that you really want, while motivation helps you take action to achieve the result you want. To make them both work for you, keep in mind the following 4 things.
1. Desire Gives You The Urge To Get Motivated
When you think of eating the delicious cake on your counter, you get the urge to get off the couch and go cut yourself off a slice. In this way, motivation is the result of a strong enough desire.
But you simply can’t get motivated without desire. If you despise cake, nothing is going to move you towards it – unless of course you desire someone’s approval and they ask you to cut them a piece of cake. So, find your true desire if you want to find your motivation.
For example, if you’ve been trying to lose weight, but you keep procrastinating or avoiding doing what you have to do, try to find the number one reason you desire to lose weight. Health reasons may be why you say you are trying to lose weight, but fitting into an old pair of jeans may be the reason that fires you up! Hold your biggest desire in your mind and feel yourself reaching it until it motivates you to at least take one step towards your goal.
2. Spreading Yourself Too Thin Will Result In Failure
You are a human, not a superhero. You may desire a number of different things and get motivated to start them all right now, but that’s a bad idea. I’ve done that many times at the start of a new year, and even though everything on my list is something I truly desire, I can’t keep my motivation up no matter what I do. My energy is spread too thin!
Instead of going after multiple things that you desire, try tackling one or two things at a time. This will help you really gain focus on what you want and put more of your energy on a smaller area. Doing that means you will put more work into it and get closer to your goal faster. And that will keep motivation high!
3. Recognize When The Desire Is Gone
Every day you are changing. Who you are today is not likely who you will be in a year from now. Different desires will come and old desires will start to fade away. Not all of them, mind you.
Some desires will stay hot and exciting forever. Some desires will stay lukewarm. But, it’s important to let go of the ones that get cold.
If you keep trying to work towards a desire that hasn’t been achieved yet simply because you want to say you achieved it, then you are in for a long drive. The fun and excitement will be gone, and it will be painful to keep moving forward, so you will move slower and slower and slower.
Shifting desires is not a failure, especially if you no longer have that desire or goal in mind. But, spending time doing something that you don’t really want to do anymore is an absolute waste of time. It doesn’t help you grow. It doesn’t make you happy. It just soaks up your time.
4. Without Commitment To Persistence, Your Desire May Not Be Able To Keep You Motivated
While motivation is the result of strong desire, that desire can start to lose its appeal after a while, which can really affect your motivation negatively. But, if you stay persistent, then you will be able to work through the times where your desire is not carrying you through.
Promising yourself to be persistent until you reach your goals helps you to do what you need to do. Even if you can’t do something big that day for your goal, being committed to taking some sort of positive action will help you do something that gives you some sort of movement forward – or at least save you from moving backwards.