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Is motivation overrated?

If you are in any kind of social group like at work or in your community, your neighborhood, or your family, you may be thinking that success in terms of group dynamics is just something that happens. There is just something about certain people that ensures that they rise to the top. As you probably have heard, cream rises the top.

You may be thinking that certain groups of people are just the cream of society. It is just bound to happen. Now, this is a very comforting thought if you are part of that group. What if you are just like everybody else? What if you are not habitually successful? What if you try really hard, but for whatever reason, things just don’t pan out?

Do you write yourself off? Do you settle for the crumbs of life? Do you instantly believe that your best days are behind you? Of course not. You see, whatever successful people can achieve, you can achieve as well. Now, you’re probably rolling your eyes and you’re probably thinking that is some sort of empty pep talk. You probably may even be thinking that you’ve heard this a million times before.

I really can’t blame you for your dismissive attitude because that is to be expected. However, until and unless you are able to wrap your mind around the importance of proper motivation, chances are, you won’t be able to make the necessary sacrifices that would enable you to achieve amazing success with your life.

Make no mistake, working towards success is a sacrifice because you’re giving up something that you are entitled to do. You’re entitled to a break. Seriously. You’re entitled to take things easy. But you chose to do something hard now in exchange for the promise of a greater victory in the future.

As long as you are capable of doing something, you can choose to do things the easy or the hard way. You are entitled to those options because you are capable of taking them.

In other words, if we were to bring this all back to grade school, you have decided to not eat chocolate chip cookie now in exchange for three chocolate chip cookies tomorrow. Sounds good so far, right?

Well, the problem is, sticking to that plan of action is much harder than coming up with a plan in the first place. You need motivation. This is why I can say with a straight face that motivation is not overrated. In fact, it’s the other way around. Motivation is absolutely crucial to any kind of success.

I don’t care how you define it. I don’t care about the timeline you have set for yourself. You need to remain motivated and you need to be able to get motivated on command. This is why you need a systematic and methodical approach. You can’t just let your feelings get the better of you. You can’t just assume that certain things will come into place and by intuition or random luck you will get motivated. It doesn’t work that way.

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