You Won’t Always Be Motivated, So Be Disciplined

you won't always be motivated
you won't always be motivated

Daily Blog #357

I don’t know what it is lately, but I have had absolutely zero motivation to go to work. When I am at work, a good portion of my time is spent daydreaming or wondering if I should just go home for the day. In the mornings, I keep asking myself if I should even go to work, or if it is time to throw in the towel and try to find something new.

Three years ago when I first started my job, it was my passion. I was motivated about working for the company that I am currently employed by, I was motivated by our mission, and I used to live for work. I loved my job so much that I dreaded the weekends because all I wanted to do, was to be at work.

As we grow older, though, so too do our beliefs. While I still love the company that I am employed by, I am not nearly as motivated as I once was three years ago. A lot changes in three years, and odds are that I won’t be motivated by the things that motivate me now in an additional three years.

The thing is, you won’t always be motivated.

There are going to be days where you would rather curl up on the couch instead of having to clean your house. There are going to be days where you would rather be working for somebody else instead of being the gatekeeper to your own future. And there are days where all you want to do, is to grab those keys, run, and chase after all of your dreams.

Chasing my dream is what is all that motivates me right now. All of the other work that I am doing simply feels as if it is wasted time and energy. All I can say is let’s just hope none of my bosses are reading this, otherwise, I may very well find myself out of a job before I knew what hit me.

When you aren’t motivated, you have to be disciplined.

Whether it’s with your job or chasing your goals, you won’t always be motivated, so you need to be disciplined. If you don’t care to see yourself out of a job and struggling to make ends meet, if you can’t find the energy to pursue your goals, if it seems difficult to find the strength to get out of bed in the morning, guess what?! You do it anyways. You do it because nobody else is going to do it for you.

Everybody has an art in which they are gifted with.

If you ever want to see that art to become your reality, then you need to be willing to make the sacrifices required to make it happen no matter what it might cost you. If not, the only thing that will fill your mind is regret.

Understand that some days are going to be better than others. Some days you are going to want nothing more than to go after your dreams because it’s all that you can think about. And some days, going after your dreams will feel like an impossible expectation that you will never achieve.

What helps me during the difficult times?

1. Accept that you won’t always feel motivated.

Some days you will go and give it your 110% effort because of how motivated you are. Other days, you may be happy with a fraction of that. That’s all fine. Just do your best with how you are feeling, and remember that any progress is better than none at all.

2. Be disciplined.

Be willing to go through the difficult times, and be willing to fail. More importantly, be willing to use every ounce of motivation that you have towards crafting your own art. Never stop believing in yourself, and never give up on your dreams.

3. Fixate on progress.

Make it your obsession. Realize that the only way to ever craft your art is by working towards it. Again, you won’t always be motivated to do work towards your art, so take it one step at a time, put one foot in front of the other, and just do it anyways. Focus on making progress towards your goals, even if that progress may seem minimal.

Not being motivated isn’t an excuse.  

Yeah, I’m not motivated to go to work today, but I’m going to do it anyways. I am going to do it because nobody else is going to do my job for me. My job is what provides me with the money to chase my dreams, and it is what allows me to live a little more comfortably in life. Just because I don’t want to do it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t.

Maybe it’s your job, or maybe it’s with chasing your goals, whatever it is, do it anyways. Do it because it will allow you to live a brighter future, and do it because you deserve to achieve all of your goals. The only way you will do so is by moving forward, so you better get going.

Michael Bonnell



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