With less than a week left of 2012 a lot of people are getting ready for the New Year by setting their New Year’s Resolution. Finally they are going to make the decision to lose weight, stop smoking, go back to school, save money, travel, spend more time with family, and be happier.
Yes, on January 1, 2013 millions and millions of people will suddenly find the motivation that has been avoiding them the other 364 days of the year.
And . . . this year is going to be different!
Every now and then I get asked if I do “motivational speaking”. I always cringe a little when this happens.
Here’s why . . .
Motivation is a temporary emotion that comes and goes. We have an experience that provokes something within us that fires us up. It’s an awesome explosion that will quickly fade unless one major decision is made.
That decision is commitment.
Commitment will be the difference maker.
I don’t know about you, but I can get excited about a lot of things. I’ve set a lot of goals in my days and every single one of them started because I felt motivated. However, the only goals I’ve followed through on and achieved are the ones I committed to.
Motivation might be the spark that ignites the explosion, but only commitment will keep the fire burning!
It’s true; commitment is a choice to be made. It doesn’t just happen.
I always shake my head when I hear people say “I have no motivation” or “I need to find some motivation” like it’s some wonder drug that is going to dramatically change their lives. The problem is they haven’t made the choice to commit to whatever it is they can’t find “motivation” to do. When you make a commitment it’s amazing how motivation is much more accessible.
Don’t half ass it. If you are going to set goals, don’t rely on motivation. Commit to your results!
The process of commitment.
I can only speak for myself, but it tends to be easier to make a commitment when things are meaningful to me and really align well with who I am and who I want to be versus trying to commit to every explosion of excitement ignited by external influences. The challenge is knowing … I mean really knowing what is meaningful to you… not what society says should be important … not what your family or friends say should be important … what you determine to be truly meaningful. Now, I’m not saying disregard what your family and friends say, but you have to make the final call and when you do it has to be true to you!
Whether you have a hard time articulating what’s meaningful to you or you just need to do some reassessing there are some great exercises out there that can help you figure this out. For me it was reading Seven Habits of Highly Effective people 11 years ago. I can honestly say my life changed. No exaggeration.
What is meaningful to you?
If you would like to go through an exercise that will challenge your thinking and help you articulate what is truly meaningful to you, complete the V30 Questionnaire.
At the end of the day you have to decide what type of person you want to be. Do you want to be like the masses and talk a big game only to fizzle? Or do you want to be one of the few that sets a goal, makes the commitment, and achieves success.
It’s your choice!
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