Have you ever noticed that everything good seems to be happening at once? Maybe it's happened to you before and maybe you've noticed it in someone close to you. A forward driving momentum seems to have grabbed them, and their life is suddenly running in the fast lane – heading for the hills! In turn, they seem more motivated than ever.
This isn't by chance, or accident. I've witnessed this transformation both in myself and in others, many times over. I've just never really paid attention to what makes this change of pace happen. Having recently become more aware of this process, I've realised that it's movement that creates motivation, which creates more movement and so on. Let me explain.
We all know that motivation is the positive feeling we get when we believe in something enough to make it happen. No matter how long a task might take us, if we feel motivated we will pursue it right through to the end. The result of this is that having worked towards our goals, we are rewarded with the gratification that comes from having completed something that we defined as being worth while.
But how do we get onto the track that brings us the motivation to want to achieve something in the first place? It's so easy to see any task as overwhelming and not know where to begin. It's also very easy to see how well other people are doing, and let their success affect us in a negative way. Both of these things can encourage us to retreat. To hide away from what we really want, under the guise of fear. But motivation itself is a forward moving propulsion. Once we get onto the track of feeling motivated, we can let that positive sense of movement guide us.
So. How do we get into the zone of motivation? The answer is simple. Movement. Movement creates movement, which creates motivation, which creates more movement. The key to achieving any goal in life, no matter how big or how small, is to start. Nothing is too big to achieve in reality, but there may be more steps that have to be taken, and over a longer period of time for us to get to a recognisable end result. But the beginning is always the same. Start. Do something small, but do something. It is this decision to take action, and put into place the smallest of steps that create the first signs of movement. Once the first step has been taken, you can move on to the next step. Little by little, you have decided to take the path towards reaching your goals. Little by little, each movement you make is gaining momentum. And little by little, the momentum you gain is increasing your sense of motivation.
So to get that sense of motivation, which is often needed to achieve the things we want in life, take the first step. Do something. No matter how small, do something. The rest will fall into place after that.