Motivation > Enthusiasm

motivation

You skip the gym today because you’re sore.

You’re tired after a long week so you don’t go to class.

You worked hard today so you reward yourself with junk food and beer.

And you wonder why you’re not where you want to be.

Enthusiasm is temporary, fleeting.  It’s nothing more than a superficial feeling that changes with the tide.

Enthusiasm is fragile.  All it takes is a crappy day at work or a setback in your plans and it’s gone for the day.

When your enthusiasm falters, it’s your motivation that gets the job done.

Pick a goal or dream you have.  What’s the motivation behind achieving it?  If it’s nothing short of a deep, primal hunger, you won’t achieve it.  You’ve got to do more than want it…

You have to need it!

If your goals aren’t on your mind every day then chances are you aren’t motivated enough to succeed.  If you have the deep motivation to achieve something, enthusiasm is irrelevant.

You’ll go to the gym even if you can barely walk.

You’ll realize it being Friday is no reason skip class.

You’ll eat a salad even when you’re craving a pizza.

If you’re motivated, the excuses for why you can’t vanish. You only focus on what you need to do to succeed.  You don’t wait for the perfect opportunity or for someone to give it to you.  You make now the opportune moment and take it!

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  • What are your goals?
  • Why do you want them?
  • What are you willing to give up for them?
  • How many times are you willing to be knocked down to achieve your goals?
    • Trick question – As many as it takes!

Enthusiasm is the reason why you see so many people in the gym at the beginning of the year.  Check back in a month and you’ll see those who are actually motivated to change.

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2 thoughts on “Motivation > Enthusiasm

  1. I guess you could say enthusiasm is the candle flame – it burns big and bright, but can be extinguished by a single gust of wind (adversity). Motivation is the glowing coal – it burns slow and steady, but the same gust of wind that extinguishes the candle flame makes the coal burn brighter and hotter.

    I had no idea Ali felt that way about training. He certainly SEEMED enthusiastic in his glory days. It’s sad to think that his health has been suffering for years because of the training (and fighting) he suffered through so many years ago — suffering then and suffering now. Definitely an argument in favour of pursuing balance in one’s life.

    • I like that analogy for enthusiasm and motivation!

      I believe most people aren’t real big fans of the hard work but everyone wants the glory you receive from the hard work. Do I LOVE going to the gym everyday? Eh, not particularly…some days I do. BUT I love the feeling of getting stronger, faster, leaner, and more flexible.

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