Motivation. This word is seemingly synonymous with success these days. Motivational quotes, books, movies, memes, songs, all meant to inspire you to work hard and accomplish your goals. But do you know what’s wrong with motivation? It’s fickle. It’s not a day-in day-out commitment. How many times have you heard someone say “I’m just not feeling motivated today.” Or “My motivation has run out.” As coaches, we hear it a lot. Because motivation, fickle as it is, comes and goes. There’s no daily guarantee that you’re going to wake up in the morning feeling motivated. There are going to be days where no matter how many quotes you read or videos you watch, nothing evokes a sense of inspiration or motivation. No matter how hard you try, it’s just not there.
So while motivation might be a good reason to START something, it’s not going to be the defining factor that helps you see things through and reach the finish line. But you know what will? Dedication. As we tell our clients the first time they run into a lack of motivation: when motivation runs thin, if you’re dedicated, it won’t matter. Dedication is the silent resolve within you to stick to the goal that you’ve set for yourself no matter what. Dedication allows you to accept that there are going to be bad days, and to know that it’s okay, because you don’t need every day to be good, you just need to be committed no matter the situation. Motivation is for good days, dedication is for every day.
So next time you set a goal for yourself, don’t do it expecting to be motivated every step of the way, do it with the intention of being DEDICATED to it until you make it a reality. By dedicating yourself to something rather than relying on external motivation, you’ve removed all variables, and established one thing in your mind, that no matter what, you are going to make it happen, and that your success does not depend upon anything other than your own resolve, and steadfast dedication to your goals.