Motivation. That seemingly endless wellspring of energy, concentration, and persistence that highly successful people can leverage at will to keep plugging away at their goals tirelessly day and night. Meanwhile, the rest of us may know what we have to do, but laziness keeps us from working at it as often or as long as we feel like we should.
Motivation is defined as “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.”
By that definition, we all have motivation. If you’re looking to go RVing, your motivation might be freedom away from a 9-5, or home ownership. It might be a list of places you’re looking forward to seeing with your own two eyes. It might be a better work life balance. Those things are certainly important to us, so why do some people seem able to act on their motivation daily with very little effort while others struggle with meaningless distractions that keep them from the work that would get them closer to their ideal life?
When you first decide to go RVing, or undertake any sort of new goal or dreams where the results excite you, often there’s a rush of euphoria. In this stage, anything seems possible and working toward your new goal comes easy. You might spend all your free hours looking up RV types or scouring the internet for sources. It’s easy to stay focused on the end results – your getting on the road and changing your life, what fun!
But big dreams don’t come true overnight. Once that initial surge of elation wears off, it’s actively working at keeping your motivation high that gets you through the hard parts. Here’s a list of things you can do to keep working on your dreams when laziness threatens to swallow your day.
- Some days you might wake up full of inspiration and ready to tackle the world. When this happens, drop whatever other lesser chores you were going to do and focus as much time as you can on your big goal. For me, these days occur most often when I reach some sort of milestone and am seeing some success from what I’m working on, but sometimes I’ll just wake up feeling like this. This is like a freebie day, no additional motivation required, make good use of it!
- Motivation for big projects is easier to find when the other important areas of your life are getting the attention they need. You can look at it like a pyramid of sorts. Take care of the baser needs like getting enough sleep, eating well, spending time with friends and family and you’ll find it’s easier to focus on big dreams that make up the pinnacle of the pyramid. If you have a busy life this may mean you don’t have as much free time for your big project as you would like. But at least you’ll be able to put in your best effort with the time you do have when the other areas of your life are in order.
- Motivation is something that can be worked at. If you’re feeling unmotivated, do something to remind you why you’re on this path. If you’re working at going RVing, talk to or read about someone who’s already traveling, and put yourself in their shoes – imagine what it’ll be like once you’re on the road. Read something inspirational, look at photos of places you want to visit once your on the road. Start making a map with pins in the places you want to see. In day to day living, it’s easy to lose sight of why you’re putting in all of this effort, particularly when your dream is something that’s months or years out. Keep reminding yourself of the Why, as often as you need to.
- Make a habit out of working on your dreams. Even if you can only spare a little time every day, working on it consistently makes it easier to keep working on it, there’s less resistance. You’ll find that people who achieve great things manage it because they kept at it, day after day until they figured it out and got it right. As long as you keep working at it, you’ll get there eventually.
- Motivation ties into moods as well as needs. When you’re in a good mood, it’s easier to work on hard projects. So don’t forget to take time now and then for things that have nothing to do with the project but which make you happy. For me this could be hiking, reading, sight-seeing, and spending time online.
Now I’ll turn the question over to you all, what keeps you motivated on a particularly hard day?
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Things are moving right along at Amazon. Last night was donut day, and this year there was more than enough for everyone. I’m only in my second week (first full length week) and already I have overtime, I’ll be working Thursday for a 50 hour week. So far ICQA is going fine, I will be writing more about it when I’ve been at it longer. There’s been a lot of rain the past week and a half, and Big Chief is pretty muddy. Today’s picture is particularly pretty maple along the main street of Coffeyville. I think that pretty much covers everything, enjoy the rest of your week everyone.