How To Stay Motivated

how to stay motivated

“Motivation is a strange word. It doesn’t mean what we think it means. We think it means we are fired up to do something. We think that it means we’re eager and passionate to make something happen. And we think that somehow we should be able to turn on that eagerness and turn on that passion, but we can’t. Because you can’t just turn on passion, you can’t just turn on the desire to execute a task. It just doesn’t work that way. And honestly that isn’t even what motivate means. Motivate doesn’t mean to yell and scream and encourage. No.”

“To motivate actually means to provide a motive, a reason why. To motivate someone is to explain to them why they are doing what they are doing. How it will help them, where it will take them, why they should continue to work and to struggle and to fight. And when you need motivation yourself, don’t look for someone to scream and yell, don’t look for someone else to give you motivation, look at yourself. Look at yourself and remind yourself why. Why you are doing what you are doing. Remind yourself that this struggle, this temporary pain, this fight that you’re in is what will make you stronger, and faster, and smarter and better. And then with that motivation go forward into the fray, into the storm, into the heat of the battle…Where victory is forged.”

Jocko Willink (Ret. US Navy Seal)

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