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Is Motivation Enough?

Updated: Mar 23, 2023


Motivation is the pathway that will always get you from where you are to where you want to be. Motivation is being able to grow in the act of service, and a goal. Is motivation enough to actually attain the goal? Mmm... no, but this blog offer you a simple clear strategy using motivation, along with three factors to attain everything you are dreaming of and more.






Let's use running a marathon as an example for motivation. When you finish the run, when you're crossing the finish line, when you're on the other side of the platform and you see your racing time that is motivation. Motivation is what your achievement looks like, what it feels like when you actually attain it


There are a few other factors you can use in order to successfully get from where you are to where you want to be in life, every single time, with grace, confidence and integrity.


They are responsibility, consistency and discipline. When you apply motivation, consistency, responsibility to self and discipline, you can attain anything you have ever wanted to achieve in your whole life.


The first one is responsibility. Responsibility, is defined as the state or fact of having a duty.





Let's use a single mother, as an example who is working two or three jobs, in order to provide a stable environment for her children to grow in. She has a responsibility of ensuring her children are feed, have a roof over their head, are clothed and have the necessities that are needed in order to live a fulfilled life.


That is responsibility. Responsibility can also look as duty. When you have a duty to yourself and you want to achieve a plan that is being responsible for the outcome of anything you want in your life. And that's why it's important. The same is true for relationships. We each have a duty to our spouse in order to enjoy a healthy and loving relationship.


Using running a marathon to frame how to incorporate motivation, responsibility, discipline and consistency. When you set out to train, if you're already an avid runner, maybe you need three or six months to prepare your body and mind to run a race. But, if you haven't run a marathon before, then you reverse engineer or work backwards by creating a small plan to attain your desired goal.


First of all, you do a little bit of research and of course, go see your doctor to make sure that you're healthy enough in order to be able to pursue this goal. Start by defining your objectives, create an outline followed by small actionable steps to execute over the next year. Plan the months out by asking yourself" what are the monthly running requirements over the next 12 months?" or "How will I schedule short runs and a long runs to reach 17 miles or 19 miles?

Which is a big thing if you haven't done this before.


So when you calculate month one running one mile a day or running one mile three or four times a week, just to understand how does your body work? And of course, because as you have a responsibility to yourself, because this is something you're going to achieve. You also know to prepare for hurt your body is going to feel and the soreness over the coming months.

during the most hardest moments you're going through in training, you will see yourself running the race. You see yourself completing it. I see your time on the other side of the finish line.


Segway right into the beautifulness of the next factor, which is called discipline.


Discipline is the code of behavior. It's the practice of training people to obey orders. To focus on the practice of training. When you're training for a marathon, just to use it as an example, right? It's a year long journey being discipline to be able to go out and run that one mile, two or three times a week for the first week, and then going up to one and a half miles and then going up to four or five miles in the course of the first month.


It takes discipline and it takes responsibility, because it's something that you have promised yourself and it's something that you're sure to attain by just being responsible and honoring what you said you were going to complete for yourself and adding in that discipline.


The third factor that is added into the process is called consistency. Consistency is the state or condition of all ways of always happening or behaving in a manner or the same way.


So when you're consistent, you can at McDonald's, for example. You can identify McDonald's by the golden arches. When you walk into the restaurant, it's set up the same way. You order in the same spot and the French fries and the hamburgers are packaging are always the same.


Using running a marathon to attain your goal at the end of 12 months, consistency is so important because when you create a schedule, right, because you have your motivation, which is attaining the goal, you have the responsibility or duty that you have placed on yourself by honoring yourself and being committed to completing this task. Right?


Then you have that discipline which is the practice of training. It's the consistent behavior with yourself that even when you're tired, even when you don't feel like it, even when you're sore, or maybe your friends are going out and it's right in the center of the time when you actually go on a long run and you say to yourself, Oh, forget about it. I want to go with my friends.


The thing that happens when we lack discipline and when we lack consistency you can say I can skip running one or two times. You can also say, I don't want to do it. Oh, I have something else to do that is more fun. Oh, I'm not interested or Oh, I have friends or something else I want to do. What happens next is that two or three weeks goes by and then when you go out to run again, it's torture- it is so much harder because you've lost that momentum, you've lost the momentum in the training.


It's so important to maintain that momentum because momentum will always drive you forward even when you don't feel like it or even when you're not motivated. You're able to look at the schedule that you've created for yourself or the little outline of a plan, right, that you're going to run every month.


On Tuesday, for example, it's going to be your long run. So then on Monday and Thursday and Friday or Saturday, maybe you'll run a short run. But on Tuesday, that's when you run your long run. You can reflect on your schedule and know, by the end of the 11th month your long run will go anywhere from 15 miles up to maybe 19 miles, because by month eleven it's just about creating endurance.


Endurance is another way of saying momentum, momemtun propels you forward. The rest of your training endurance is used when you're at the 20 mile mark and you have a few more miles to go. It's all about that mental discipline because you've ingrained it in yourself. You have that responsibility to yourself and you know that you're going to complete the race.


You already trained yourself to be disciplined because that's a code of behavior. It's the practice of training. You've been doing it for so long that you know that you're going to attain your goal. Being consistent is knowing that four days out of the week you're going to run three short run and one day is going to be a long run.


At the end of your training is when you actually go and run your marathon and then you cross the finish line. You feel elated, exhausted, sore, nauseous and overwhelmed. Part of the reason you feel the way you is the motivation that has driven you forward. Motivation is the pathway that always leads you from where you are to where you want to be.





When you break this process down to consistently recognize using the four factors of motivation, responsibility, consistency and discipline along with a plan - you know you can trust in the process of getting from where you are to where you want to be. If your motivation is to finish university, to actually get into a university, choose and complete the program over four years. You apply the same process. Right?


The basic process, that's the motivation, the discipline, the responsibility and the consistency comes in. And that, yeah, we can party and have a great time because it's life. You must have a balance and being able to enjoy your life. But part of the responsibility is also recognizing that if you have a final hours or made mid-semester surprise quiz that you have actually been responsible and you've been consistent and you've been disciplined in studying throughout the semester so that you have good grades and that you actually have a deeper knowledge of the information as you move from semester to semester.


And then by the end of the four years, you have this wealth of information and you're able to retain a massive amount of information and you're able to use it in whatever field you wanted to go into. And that's the motivation so that you can see that from running a race or if you want to go to university or if you want to start your own business, it's the same four principles, right?


The motivation is what business is it that you want to start? Regardless of what you choose, you know it's going to take a lot of work and it's going to be a lot of responsibility. You will be consistent in doing whatever it takes in order for you to do what you choose. The process is a combination of defined objective while creating small flexiable outline so that you can actually have something that you can follow.


Having a plan keeps you accountable to yourself by tracking what works and what does not in pursuit of attaining your success. You are consistent and discipline. You're responsible and you have that picture of motivation to guide you. So if it's starting a business or purchasing your first car,

losing twenty pounds or planning a vacation. Use a poster as motivation and have it in your room, have a poster of what you want on your screen or on your tablet. Does that not show my age or where I'm from? I know, right?


Using a poster or a screenshot on your phone or on your computer of the car that you want is the motivation you can use in order to get that car. It's about having an objective. I want this car, this model, this is how much it cost.


Then you define it. If you don't, ask yourself questions -how do you go about getting it? Do you get a loan? Is it something that you would have payment down, whatever it is. That's how you are able to put it into a plan and define that aspect of your plan in order to get the car that you want, which is your motivation.


That's what the outline is for. How much? What do I have to do in order for me to purchase the car that I want That's defining it. Then reverse engineer it, create a small plan, a little outline and execute. Then you break it down into small actionable steps. And when you take those small actionable steps, each one execute it, then you come back and go to your small actionable steps. You take the next one, you complete it, it's executed. Part of anything that you want to fulfill or anything that you want to accomplish in your life comes down to, yes, motivation is important because motivation is the pathway that's always going to get you from where you are to where you want to be.


In addition to motivation, it's important to use responsibility to you and your yourself, my darlings, because you know what the most important relationship that you will ever have is the one you have with yourself. Honoring what you say to yourself in completing the things that you promise you're going to do, help build up your inner strength, self-worth and that value that you have for yourself.


In summary, you are in complete control of you life. When you use motivation, responsibility, add a little discipline and tag in consistency, my darlings, nothing can stop you. These four factors along with a flexible plan is the secret to attaining anything you want is life. Define it with a wonderful outline and then add small executable steps in order to always get from where you are to where you want to be.


I trust you enjoyed everything about this blog and that it helps you in attaining whatever it is that you want just by understanding the difference between motivate, action, consistency, discipline and responsibility. Because these are all the factors that you and I both need in order to live our life with grace, integrity and confidence.


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Much love,

Vanessa


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