Motivation is a mood or mental state that provides the energy to pursue a goal.
It is the driving force that makes people want to do something.
Motivation is what enables us to make changes and take action.
Some people have trouble motivating themselves because they lack the right mindset or don’t understand how motivation works.
To get started, think about what motivates you:
- What gets you out of bed in the morning?
- What makes your workdays more exciting?
- How can you feel more motivated throughout the day?
Answering these questions sets up a motivational flywheel that creates the momentum you need to do whatever it is you want to do.
A motivational flywheel is a self-reinforcing process that keeps you motivated and excited about your work.
It’s a system of building momentum to keep you going on your projects and tasks.
The idea is to make constant progress, but not to worry too much about the result.
It’s about momentum.
What is needed to keep the flywheel moving forward?
A key idea behind the motivational flywheel is that there are 3 components:
1) Motivation: you have to want to change.
2) Skills: you have to know how to change.
3) Reinforcements: you have to see or experience that change working.
If any of these three components are missing, it is likely that your motivation will falter and the flywheel will stop spinning.
So understand what will start your motivational flywheel and keep that flywheel spinning.
The flywheel’s inertia always increases when it’s given energy.
When a flywheel has more energy, its rotational speed increases.
The motivational flywheel functions the same way.
Once a person starts doing something, they get more and more motivated to do it.
What’s the takeaway lesson?
Just start, identify your 3 core flywheel components and let the motivational flywheel carry you through the rest of the process.