Wednesday, October 27, 2010

External Motivation - KeepThings Moving

Motivation can be a hard thing to come by. Some days being motivated is just more than I can deal with.

Then something happens.  Think of it as instant perspective.  Someone gets sick.  Someone is in an accident.  Someone dies.  All of a sudden you are motivated by what others did not do.

Here is the problem with motivation.  It is fleeting.  You can feel motivated right now, and completely at a loss 5 minutes later.

Mood changes motivation, urgency changes motivation, heck, the chance to go to bed early changes motivation.

The key, or so I have been told, is to stay motivated.  Great athletes have coaches who motivate them and keep them on track.  Scientists and engineers have deadlines and people they are accountable to. Teachers have students and parents who constantly see what they are teaching.

What do you have?  Are you accountable to anyone?  Do you have to check in and take stock of where you are and what you have done?  Would your projects still be undone if you had to tell someone about your progress? 

When it comes to preparation, it is easy to lose sight of the goal and flounder in the "I'll get it done later" mentality.  May I suggest a little motivation may be in store, a little accountability to keep you on track?  Find a friend and do this together.  Check in to see where you are, and encourage each other.  In the end, you will have accomplished more and you will have helped a friend do the same.

Motivation can be a beautiful thing.

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