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Motivation vs. Habit

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Have you ever thought – I need to get motivated to get in shape… to make more money… to up-level my career or business… to improve my relationship?

I’m here to tell you that motivation and five bucks will get you a cup of coffee.

If you really want something to change in your life, you don’t need motivation. You need a routine. You need consistency. You need habits.

Steven Pressfield, in his book “The War of Art”, describes how being a professional as an author means simply that you write.

Every… Dang… Day. Period.

If you feel like it, you write. If you don’t feel like it, you write. If you’re uninspired, you write. If you’d rather watch tv, you write.

You don’t have to be a writer. The concept applies whether you’re talking about getting in shape, making more money, improving your relationship. No matter your goal, there are certain habits you have to do on a regular, consistent basis in order to eventually achieve it.

Every. Dang. Day. Whether you feel like it or not.

You might be thinking right now, but what if…

And the most successful people you know would say, Yep, even then.

I’m not saying that you go to extremes like running on a fractured ankle, but I do want you to ask yourself – Am I looking for the Exception, or am I looking to be Exceptional?

When you want a reason or an excuse to do nothing, you’ll surely find one. Progress is usually uncomfortable, if not downright painful. Making something a true habit means that you do it without thinking about it, without having to talk yourself into it, without having to constantly figure out where it will fit into your busy schedule.

So what’s something that you want to make happen in your life? What’s one thing about your career, your finances, your health, or your relationship that you want to improve?

What’s one small thing you can do each day to move yourself closer to that outcome? When will you do it? First thing in the morning? Before you go to bed each night? Be intentional about when you’ll do it and establish a reminder for yourself until it becomes a habit.

Rinse and repeat. Every. Dang. Day.

Forget motivation. Motivation is a drunken one-night stand or a fleeting crush. If you really want to become the best version of yourself, develop a life-long, passionate love affair with Habit.

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