Today is Christmas and I am sitting here thinking about all the things I have to be grateful for. It’s almost 11:00 AM and so far all I have done is eat a big breakfast, pet the cats and practiced my ukuleles (I have two, a concert size and a banjo uke). I hope the rest of the day goes as well.
But because it’s Sunday, that means I am writing a blog post today. This morning’s activities result in today’s blog topic, two wonderful things that impact our motivation: gratitude and joy.
I know the usual holiday for blogging about gratitude is Thanksgiving, but everyone was doing it, so I wrote about something else. And today I am feeling especially grateful – grateful that I have found things I love to do.
I love to eat, I love my cats, and I love playing my ukes.
It’s easy to do things we love, things we enjoy doing, things that give us joy. I didn’t need to work on my motivation to eat a tasty breakfast. I didn’t need to work on my motivation to pet my cats, and I didn’t need to work on my motivation to play my ukes. I just did them. Because I enjoy them.
And that’s a great lesson about motivation. Find out what you love to do and do it.
There are a whole series of books about job creation, the gist of which are do what you love and the money will follow. Though there are exceptions to this, as there seem to be to most generalities, it holds true for most things.
There are two reasons this is true.
1. Anything worthwhile is going to require a sustained effort on your part. Getting started with most endeavors is easy. It’s new and exciting. Newness and excitement are inherently motivating. But that initial excitement will wear off, and then we may have to work on our motivation to make sure we consistently do the things we need to do to make that worthwhile thing come true. If you enjoy what you are doing you will continue to be motivated, just like I am with eating, petting the cats and playing the ukes.
2. Being grateful forces us to acknowledge what we love, which enforces it in our minds. The expression of our gratitude becomes an affirmation. The more we love something, and the more aware we are that we love it, the more motivated we will be to do it.
So find out what you love to do and go ahead and do it. In motivational terms this is called authenticity. Being authentic is powerfully motivating.
And if makes life a lot more fun.