The Source of Motivation

It is a byproduct of something within your power.

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ― Roy T. Bennett

You can’t buy motivation.

It must be earned through action. Ideas and dreams are mere appetizers. The realization of both through meaningful acts is the main course.

The byproduct of each meaningful act is motivation, fuel for future acts.

Don’t go looking for motivation in...

  • Lofty awards

  • Inspiring words

  • The acts of others

Motivation doesn’t come from without. It comes from within. It is...

  • Loving

  • Being loved

  • The joy of creation

  • One step toward a dream

  • The wonder of a new discovery

Don’t confuse motivation with willpower.

Motivation comes from the heart. It waxes and wanes as do meaningful acts. Refresh it with joyful pursuits, moments of flow and play.

Willpower comes from the mind. It waxes and wanes as does the mind’s energy. Refresh it with rest, reflection and happiness found in small moments.

Children are perpetual motivation.

Observe the newborn staring in wonder at her own hand or her mother’s smile. Watch the toddler light up with his first steps. Children live in a world of adventure and discovery. Even the smallest of things holds endless possibility.

Children skip from one moment of flow to the next, lost in wonder at the world around them. The pressures of life have robbed you of this sacred gift. What was once lost can be found.

The fountainhead of motivation lies in meaningful acts and flows into the heart.

Lay down your burdens and lighten the load. Rediscover childlike wonder. Drink from the endless well of motivation with each step closer to what makes your heart sing.


🤔 Food for Thought:

What makes your heart sing?

What burdens can you set down?

What fills you with childlike wonder and joy?


⚙️ One Small Step:

Identify one thing in this world that excites you to the point of losing sleep. Prioritize it in your life. Take one small step toward it. Feel your heart fill with motivation from this one meaningful act. You need only take one more step for another sip from the endless well of motivation.