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The Driving Force That Keeps You Going – Motivation

Posted Nov 15 2012 6:30am
Dr Mommy Online

What is it that makes you get out of bed in the morning, stumble to the shower and get dressed to start your day? Is it the alarm clock? Screaming child? No…the answer is: motivation. It’s not merely a word that happy people use, it is truly what keeps you going, helps you cope with the daily stresses, pain and suffering. Motivation is what drives you to live  a better life and make improvements when necessary.

As you get older it gets more and more difficult to stay motivated. A trick that works is to think as a child. Remember when you attended elementary school? What was it that made you go to school each day, besides your parents waking you up and making you go?  The  motivation of meeting your friends and socializing was one of the reasons. The other is that even then you knew that you needed an education to get you through life. The promise of a new bike or the teacher’s praise kept you working at your studies and passing the tests. 

The type of motivation you have depends on what you want to do in life. There is a reason there are so many different occupations in this world.  Those many occupations account for the people who do the mundane tasks that make our lives better and for those who aspire to greatness by inventing new technologies and medicines to improve the world as a whole. Every person works together to make the world a better place and each one is motivated in different ways. Even if you are working at a job you don’t like, the fact that you receive a paycheck at the end of the week to help pay your bills, keeps you going.

The pay off for motivation comes when you reap the benefits of hard work. If you have extra pounds, the sight of a new suit or dress in the department store may spur you to action. You want to fit into the new outfit for a special occasion and so you implement a new regimen of diet and exercise as a method of self-improvement. When you achieve your goal, you enjoy an immense feeling of satisfaction. In the end however, the only true motivation comes from inside.

So, consider how you wake up each and every day. 

Are you depressed at the thought of another day?

Are you allowing situations out of your control to bring you down?

Are you simply one that worries?

It’s time to switch it up! Is it easy? Of course not! But remember change begins with you. When you are determined to make a change in your life, this determination will ignite your motivation. The igniting of your motivation will cause you to live a happier and less stressful life. 

You have the choice of waking up with a smile or a frown.

You have the choice of allowing circumstances to bring you down.

You have the choice to stay in a rut or work your way out of it.

Ultimately your motivation stems from you and your choices. Do not and I repeat, do not look to the outside for motivation. Do not compare yourself or your situation to that of others. Instead, focus on you, your family, your situation and become determined to make it better. 

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