Pushing Thirty

and shedding pretentions

Getting Motivated: the Mission

I want to sing the praises of the “motivated life.”

I have come to believe that feeling motivated about my life is the make-or-break sensation that I cannot live without. Feeling a sense of motivation gives me the energy to do things that I don’t feel like getting done in the name of my goals.

I’m going to write a series of small posts on what I’ve found works for me, to get me motivated. I’ve had my fair share of failed attempts at spending time wisely, but I have found a few things that work. Whether you’re pursuing a career in freelancing, or working nine-to-five and trying to maximize your weekend hours, I think you’ll find this helpful in leveraging your free time.

Before I go any further though, I want to lay the ground work by the most powerful principle I have touched about feeling motivated:

Motivation is not a Mood, it is a Mission.

Proverbs 4:23 tells us to guard our hearts with all diligence, for out of the heart springs the issues of life. If my heart is not motivated, that means it is not stirred or roused to action. And that is not okay. For so long, though, I thought that feeling of being moved to action was arbitrary. Some days I’d wake feeling ready to leap from my bed, but most days not. I was rarely excited to face the day.

But then I started paying attention to what was causing that, and I found it was far from arbitrary. Now, I have fully embraced that my emotions are 98% a function of a number of elements in my life that are under my control. It was empowering to find that my life is MY LIFE and that I don’t need to be held hostage by feelings of lethargy. Guarding my heart, guarding my passion, guarding my motivation is a critical part of pursuing a life that lives up to my goals and values.

My friends don’t think of me as one of those people who is a driven go!go!go! always positive kind of guy, a person who more resembles a terrier than a human being. Most people think of me as a rather sedate introvert. I’m not talking about a personality type. I’m talking about how I finally got a grip on my heart and my life, and how I’m continuing to go about that. I want to feel a connect with how I spend my waking hours, a sort of soul-traction, the opposite of living in the daily grind. Its the substance of Motivation.

Motivation isn’t a Mood; It’s my Mission. It is the part of me that I need to keep alive, or else find myself dramatically off course years down the road.

May 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment