A Short Note On Motivation
I probably read too much on self-improvement and the psychology of “success”. What I’m about to share isn’t an original idea, rather, something that's been on my mind that could potentially clarify the illusive concept of “motivation”.
People like asking elite performers: “Where do you get your inspiration?” or “How do you find the energy?” If they're lucky to get an answer at all, it’s usually not what they want to hear. It's almost always too simple. You can even see the disappointment on their face because they were hoping for some kind of secret formula.
Here’s my answer: really, really want it. Ever hear the story about a woman lifting the front of a car to free her trapped children underneath? If so, you have some concept of what it means to want something. There’s untapped power in each of us, waiting for such a moment.
I used to play collegiate soccer and every pre-season, we had to run two miles in less than twelve minutes. There wasn’t a single player who liked that day. It was pretty much twelve minutes of hell. Yet, we all did it, year after year, because we wanted to play on the team more than we hated running.
If you ask me where to find energy, I’ll ask: “Do you really want it?” And also: “What are you willing to sacrifice?” Doing something exceptionally requires a ton of work. Sadly, we usually only ever see the results of our athletic or artistic heroes. Very seldom do we see them up on Friday night, training. So, what's motivation? If you’re willing to lift a car for what you believe in, congratulations, you’re on the right track.