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The Success-Motivation Conundrum

Do you want to start a new project? There is a difference between wanting to start something and actually starting something. Here are some of the reasons why you haven’t already started yet:

Motivation

Do you feel motivated?

  • Lack of resources (finances, time, location)?
  • Fear of failure and embarrassment?
  • Unsure or confused about what you want to do, and how you want to do it?
  • Waiting for something better to come along? Maybe even a bright spark to kick start the project?

Whatever your reasons are; whatever is stopping you from taking the first and the most difficult step, know this:

You need more motivation.

Bold, eh? Well good, at least now you will sit up and read. This is not just another post telling you to wake up and smell the coffee; neither will I ask you to radically change your life. That is not the aim of this post. All I want you to ask yourself is:

Which comes first: Motivation or Success?

So can you answer that? If you can, make a note of it, and after reading this post, leave an answer in the comment section. Be honest, otherwise you will never get out of the vicious success-motivation cycle. Some people want things to fall into place, and then they take an action. Others take an action so that they can place things in the right order. Which kind are you? Don’t be shy, both people are successful, each in a different way.

The Success-Motivation (SM) Cycle

Many of us start a new task with passion dripping from our finger-tips and a born-to-win attitude that can, just like Midas, turn anything we touch to gold. Experts recommend this attitude as it can spur you onto achieving the best out of your potential. What experts fail to tell you is that you should pace yourself, and gear up for any pitfalls. Lack of success could derail your motivation, so be prepared to feel motivated even if you fail.

My friend Robert started a new business selling pedometers. Simple enough business model, but he really wanted to make a difference by helping people improve their health. His intrinsic motivation to make a difference meant that his business soon blossomed, and his motivation increased further, in part because of increase revenue, but mostly because of better success.

Unfortunately, like with many other markets, saturation takes over and suddenly dear Robert could barely make ends meet within his market. Dwindling success meant that Robert soon lost motivation to sell pedometers. As a matter of fact, he was so unmotivated, that he gave up on the idea of helping people get healthier. He now runs a relatively successful online business.

So what’s the lesson? Try, succeed, fail, give up and become rich? Not quite.

You need to learn to de-link motivation from the want of success. If you can be motivated, success will come. An age old Sanskrit saying says:

Karam kiya ja phal ki ichcha mat kar ae insaan

Jaise karam karega waisa phal dega bgahwaan

Translation: You should do your duties irrespective of the rewards you get from them, for based on the level of your work, you will be suitably rewarded.

See, it isn’t that tricky. All you have to do it achieve success by being motivated, not simply wait for success to feel motivated. You have to empower yourself, create your own life and script your own destiny.

So wake up tomorrow morning knowing that you will bring success into your life. Don’t go to bed unmotivated feeling that you failed today.

Break away from the cycle, or else the cycle will break you.

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About Neeraj Sachdeva

Neeraj is a life-geek, who enjoys talking about Psychology and Freelancing. His freelancing endeavor focuses on kick-starting start-ups and small businesses by using practical and timely experience. In his free time, he helps budding freelancers, and you can read about his journey on The Freelancer Diary.

About Neeraj Sachdeva

Neeraj is a life-geek, who enjoys talking about Psychology and Freelancing. His freelancing endeavor focuses on kick-starting start-ups and small businesses by using practical and timely experience. In his free time, he helps budding freelancers, and you can read about his journey on The Freelancer Diary.

Comments

  1. I think motivation should be intrinsic, people should do something to get better at it, to achieve success from it, and to make a change from doing it. That should be motivation enough. Having an end goal in mind always help, some people are also motivated by competition. Success also includes some element of ‘luck’ but I feel that the luck is conjured up from being in the right place at the right time. If people had the motivation to change things, to improve, luck would definitely favor them.
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  2. Interesting article…I especially like the philosophy of doing the work for the sake of doing the work. However, if you dont have that belief and lack motivation, yet want to be successful, how do you suggest someone gets motivated? Is it about seeing the wider picture, having a goal in mind or is success purely based on your level of motivation?