Lots of us have dreams that we aren’t making come true. The reason for this is we simply are not motivated to consistently do the work that making our dreams come true requires. If you don’t do the work, the dream will not come true.
The most important reason for our lack of motivation is that people don’t understand that being motivated is their own responsibility. No one else is going to spend their time and energy in motivating you to make your dreams come true. They will spend their time and energy to motivate you to make their own dreams come true, but not your dreams. This should come as no surprise.
Nor is motivation just going to magically appear. It is true that occasionally you will be motivated to do something without any work on your motivation. Usually this will happen when you are starting a new project or when you are doing something that you really enjoy doing, or when you are doing the fun or easy activities that are needed to make your dream come true.
Some activities have intrinsic motivation. Take advantage of it when it happens. Don’t take it for granted, however, as a problem with your motivation may come when the activities you need to do are difficult or not quite as much fun.
So, to make sure your motivation stays high, so you will do those activities you need to do, you need to take responsibility for your motivation. You need to be aware of how motivated you are at any particular time, and you need to take steps to make sure it stays high.
So this is the number one lesson of self motivation: You are responsible for your own motivation. And that’s a good thing, because the second lesson of self motivation is: You have the power to become motivated and stay motivated.
In other words, the first lesson tells you no one else is going to keep you motivated, you have to rely on yourself. But the second lesson tells you that you can carry out that responsibility, that you have the power to do that.
But in order to exercise that power to motivate yourself, you are going to have to learn how to motivate yourself. Thank heavens, that skill, self motivation, is not a difficult one to learn.