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Motivation isn’t found externally, it’s found internally by way of brutal honesty with self.

Aren’t you tired of constantly looking around for the next “productivity hack?”

Essentially, you don’t understand what motivation is. You don’t understand where it truly comes from.

Motivation is not fueled by the pending rewards you earn when you do “the thing.”

Motivation is not something you “get” per se either. It isn’t something that you acquire at some point in time in order to do the thing.

This is why you end up reading so many of those crappy articles that lead you on.

They give you superfluous information that leads you to nothing land.

The only purpose of those articles are to “motivate” you into buying whatever it is the author is selling up their marketing ladder.

So what is motivation? Where does it come from?

How do you “get” and stay permanently motivated?

I Have An Engineering Degree That I Don’t Use

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“I was living a lie.”

I’ve always been drawn to writing, psychology and fitness.

Early on on my life, my parents told me that none of those things were money makers and that I should become an engineer instead.

They had good intentions by telling me that because they wanted me to grow to be self sufficient but they also mistakenly taught me that I was suppose to be motivated by the external rewards that come with doing something.

It wasn’t until later on that I learned that this was a big mistake. 99% of people are making this mistake.

They are doing things because of the perceived reward.

My parents told me to be an engineer, I studied to be an engineer, got an engineering degree but all throughout school I lacked true motivation.

All I could think about was the money I’d be making when I landed a job.

But eventually something changed. I suddenly became aware of how utterly miserable I was. I felt like I had no purpose.

I was living a lie.

Eventually, I started to follow this weird pull toward psychology. Throughout my study of psychology I started writing heavily again for my minor in english. Then I started studying everything health and fitness. All of which culminated into an overall love of personal development.

All of the above has its own reward that motivates me, doing these things for the sake of doing them was my motivation.

Not only that, it’s part of my deep rooted identity.

Be Honest With Yourself

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Yes, you’re not honest with yourself. Everyday you lie to yourself.

You tell yourself “this is it, this is what I want to do” only because you’re sure it would reap some sort of monetary reward or come with increased social status.

I mean, that’s the externally driven, most popular definition of motivation.

When we have a “motive” to do something, it usually comes with the promise of some sort of come up.

But now a days, it’s going to take more than that. It’s going to take honesty.

The internet is here. Everyone has a voice but not everyone has marketing dollars. Building a personal brand is the way to go. It is a long term approach that’s build on adherence to the process. This process has to be built on top of authenticity, not lies.

What is it that you truly want to do?

For me, writing, studying psychology and being a personal trainer is what I’ve always wanted to do. I didn’t admit that to myself at first but that’s what I’ve always been drawn to.

What are you drawn to?

You need to dig deep to figure out what it is your truly want.

What is it you’re truly passionate about?

You’re going to have people that tell you “not to do your passion” and to “do what pays the bills.” But you know what? That is an outdated model.

Doing what “pays the bills” is a mediocre mindset. It’s a terrible, slavish way to live.

I’m a true believer in the fact that if you work hard at what you love, you will never work a day in your life.

Not only that, you will be motivated to do that thing every single day.

Not a day goes by that I’m not writing, studying psychology or working on health and fitness. Personal development is my PASSION.

Personal development gets me up out of bed every morning.

What gets you up out of your bed every morning? For now, is it your job? Do you have bills to pay? No problem.

What Would You Do If You Didn’t Have To Worry About Money For A year?

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Let’s do a little exercise. And be honest!

You just came into a large amount of money that will hold you over for 1 year before you run out and have to go back to work. What would you be doing?

I choose the 1 year time frame because I want you to truly get into the mode, sense of urgency, that would hypothetically produce results in such a short time frame.

If I were to say “imagine you never had to work for money for the rest of your life” human nature would kick in and you would probably think up ways to engage in pure hedonism.

But what if it were just a year. You only had a year to escape the rat race forever. What would you do?

What is something that would get you up out of bed every morning despite having a huge bank account?

It all comes down to finding what it is you truly, deeply, passionately love. Once you find this, you will never want for motivation ever again.

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