When we think about the most important things in life we often think of health, relationships, experiences, accomplishments, wealth and abilities.
But none of these things happen on their own. They require action, and habits and consistency. It’s easy to think “I want to be healthy” or to recognize that “I need to eat right and work out X times per week” in order to be healthy.
But as Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
We can’t just will ourselves to do something. We have to know ourselves and understand what motivates us and what leads us to break commitments. Creating new habits is one of the hardest things to do, yet it’s essential to almost anything worth doing.
Habits are the foundation of accomplishments. Knowing yourself is essential to making habits. Knowing yourself and what motivates you to take action is the key to creating the life you want.
The Work and The Results are two different things. You can’t say “I want to do the results.” You can only say “I’m going to do the work.” You might want to accomplish the results, but results only happen because of the work you do.
Every creative person, every entrepreneur and everyone who tries something new needs to realize and accept this. Your work is going to suck in the beginning.
Any project or system that involves people, no matter how well-intentioned, eventually loses luster once the initial excitement and momentum wears off. Everything becomes a job after long enough, no matter how infatuated you were in the beginning.
Motivation is a funny thing. We can feel sluggish, depressed, tired and unmotivated towards the work we *know* we want/need to get done.
I read last week that a record number of people are leaving their jobs. They’re leaving because we’re in a tight labor market right now, and finding a better job is easy.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You start working on a new task, which requires you to do some research or look something up.