Winter is just around the corner and naturally with early sunset and rain associated with this time of the season, your energy level will be lower and will not feel motivated.
What is Motivation?
Motivation is the drive behind our action, desires and needs.
I won’t get into intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
But what I can say is feeling motivated is a feeling, which means it is a state that we can create.
It isn’t handed to us.
We can hack and create your ideal state of motivation.
Let’s think of a time where we feel the most motivated in the year and that is typical New Year after making new year resolution to get fit and lose 10 pounds.
We’ll stick to our goals of going to the gym to lose weight immediately after we made our resolution, but it’s very rare we keep our resolutions for the whole year.
According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February, so the odds are against you.
Most people give up, because they think they should have lost 5 lbs by going to the gym for the last 30 days.
When they don’t see a change on the scale, they complain about how hard it is and stop going to the gym.
So we can see that we don’t have problem with the initiation short burst of motivation.
The tricky part is keeping up with the momentum to continue on the journey.
What Can We Do?
You need to get in the game and be realistic that you will not see result so early on.
But what you will see is building habits.
Result requires patience.
Most people have it wrong, they think motivation comes and then momentum follows.
It’s actually the other way around.
Momentum comes and then motivation follows, because the dopamine from our brain serves as a reward to motivate us.
What is Momentum?
Momentum isn’t anything fancy, but daily sustainable efforts and habits to move towards your goal.
The reason you aren’t feeling motivated when you don’t drop that 5 pound is because you are focusing on the wrong measurement.
A study was done on outcome goal verse process goal.
Two researchers, Dr. Fishbach and Choi, from the University of Chicago and Korea Business School conducted a study with over 100 students working out at the gym.
They divided the students up and one group was told to describe and focus on their end goal, like losing weight.
The other group was told to describe and focus on the process itself: warming up, stretching, running on the treadmill.
Both groups were told to keep that same focus throughout their entire workout.
The result revealed the end goal focus group actually ran for less time than the process focus group, 34 minutes versus 43 minutes.
The goal group reported that the workout felt more of an effort compared to the process group, who found the experience itself more enjoyable.
What Can We Learn?
Building consistent daily habits and focusing on process goal will lead to long term satisfaction and motivation.
In other words, don’t rely on a feeling to stay on your course, and instead, rely on the efforts from your action.
So now, what new sustainable habits and process goals can you set in your business to set the momentum even on days you don’t feel like it?