Which do you prefer...
Motivation or dedication?
Motivation is a fleeting feeling that easily dissipates with the ebbs and flows of life.
I’ve fallen prey to its enticing bait on many occasions in my lifetime.
Motivation feels great during the course of time it hangs around.
When motivated I feel ready to conquer the world.
When motivated I feel ready to take on new tasks with the end result in mind.
When motivated I commit to endeavors without first counting the cost...
Because motivation is a crafty little devil always looking to set us up for failure when it is left alone with no other companion.
Lately I’ve been motivated to complete a new program I created in order to see some desired results for Q1 in 2021.
This is what I know-
My motivation will soon fade away. It will come and go like the waves of the sea.
In order to obtain the desired results I envision for Q1, I will need more than motivation.
Dedication on the other hand is different. Dedication is a mindset.
Dedication starts at the core of who I am. Dedication is rooted in my core values and who I have decided to be as a man.
Dedication does not leave me with excuses as to why I will not complete something.
Dedication leaves me with deep resolve to fulfill my commitments regardless of how I may “feel” at any given moment.
As a man who desires to add value to the world around me, dedication is what drives me in the moments I feel unmotivated. It is what drives me when I am facing a fear. It is what keeps me going when I do not see progress. I know progress is imminent based on the disciplines I put in place that are meant to serve me.
If you find yourself struggling with dedication there are ways you can conquer the motivation mentality.
Don’t wait until next time you feel motivated.
Don’t quit next time you feel unmotivated.
Discipline yourself in the practices you know will yield positive results in your life and dedicate yourself to the process.
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“Motivation Sees the reward.
Determination counts the cost.
Motivation can get you going.
Determination keeps you going.”
-Paul Beam 2021