There is something that keeps successful people motivated most of the time and we wonder how do they do it and how is it even possible to stay motivated at all times. Well, most of us just waste our time waiting for some inspiration or motivation to come to us. Some would say you need to keep yourself motivated but no one tells us how to actually do that. Right?
The problem is most of us commit to action when we feel motivated about something and the unfortunate thing is that we do not remain motivated at all times and when the tough time arrives it becomes even tougher to continue the work.
This happens because we follow this cycle:
Emotional inspiration > Motivation> Desirable action.
Now, the problem with above equation is that for most of the time we do not have that emotional inspiration in our own control and thus we fail.
The motivational speaker and author, Tim Ferriss once heard about a novelist who had written over seventy novels. Seeing such an accomplishment someone asked the author that how he was able to write so consistently and stay inspired and motivated most of the time. The author replied, “Two hundred crappy words per day, that's it .” The logic here is that if he forced himself to write two hundred crappy words, more often than not the act of writing would inspire him and before he knew it, he would have thousands of words down on the page.
So, the idea is to first do something and that progress gives you more energy and ideas to continue the work. Suppose if you are struggling to design your website but still, you sit down and force yourself to design that header in some time you would be getting ideas and energy to design the body and other parts of your website as well.
This what the equation for motivation must look like.
Your action develops more inspiration and motivation for you to continue. That's the secret behind many successful people and how they do it.
Recently in a conversation with Draper University students at Tesla factory Elon said, "I think it's very difficult to start companies, it's quite painful. A friend of mine has a good phrase for doing a startup: it's like eating glass and staring into the abyss. If you are wired to do it, then only do it, not otherwise. So think of it this way - if you need inspiring words, DON'T DO IT!"
What Elon Musk meant when saying if you are wired or not is that you should not stay dependent on the inspiration to come to you but you should be wired to it anyway whatever the odds may be.
Source - Men Xp