Motivation comes and goes.
We never know when it’s going to hit. Sometimes it’s there when we need it. Other times it’s not.
So, why should we or anyone else ever rely on it?
Maybe it’d make more sense to recognize that some days we’re not going to feel motivated. We’re not going to feel like doing whatever we need to do.
We’re going to do it anyway.
We do it because being a leader requires doing the things that others aren’t willing to do. It requires that we take action even when we don’t feel motivated.
For it’s during these times where we come to realize that motivation is not only temporary, it’s overrated.
We don’t need it. Sure it helps. But it’s not a requirement to achieve whatever is most important to us throughout our careers.
What is a requirement however is having a strong work ethic. And there’s only one way to develop this work ethic…
In other words, it’s the times where we don’t feel motivated to act where we must act. It’ll be tough but we must have the discipline to push through the discomfort.
In doing so, we’ll being to feel comfortable being uncomfortable.
We’ll not only experience the greatest levels of growth but we’ll experience consistent and high levels of fulfillment throughout our careers.
The Ascent is a series where I document the experience of building YPE. It’s written from the following perspective: Advice I give to myself based on the lessons learned every day.