The standard advice typically given to someone struggling to accomplish his or her goals is that the problem may be due to lack of motivation. However, I’ve discovered in recent weeks that Motivation alone is not the main answer but rather Motivation is more of a temporary boost to keep the fire going as you face challenging times.
I created Grind Over Matter on the premise that people failed to reach their dreams for many reasons. One of the major reasons being motivational issues, and that the content shared by the Grind Over Matter brand could help with that. After starting the Grind Over Matter Podcast, and interviewing my first few guests, I’ve come to realize that developing Drive is a better solution for execution of goals.
It appears as though a person’s Drive is the true foundation behind the consistent work ethic needed to achieve success. Motivation is more like gas to a car, important, but not the most critical factor that helps the car accelerate. Sure, the two words (motivation and drive) have a direct relationship with one another but establishing Drive seems to be far superior because of how it shapes who you are as a person rather than only influencing how you think in a certain period of time.
I know this is true because I have experienced failure in seeking Motivation as my primary source of fuel to fight for what I wanted. I would listen to motivational speakers, I would read motivational books, and although the content was extremely compelling and interesting, I would often find myself losing motivation over time.
So what is the solution? Should you ignore the motivational speeches and stop following your favorite motivation speakers? No. But you should start to think more so about the person you need to become in order to accomplish your complex and long-term goals.
As much as we may like to blame the world for our failures, and of course we all face challenges that are out of our control, odds are your failures are because of you. It could be the way that you think, your habits, your decision making, or it could be all of those things. A person with Drive, however, would never allow any circumstance to stop them from reaching their goals. Mentally, people with Drive are so ‘locked-in’ to what they are doing, that outside influences both negative and positive seem to have little to no effect on whether or not they continue to pursue the goal. In hindsight, people with Drive don’t stop when they feel pain, or when they have a setback or when they lose Motivation; they keep going no matter what. Of course, people can be driven to accomplish things that are negative, but my purpose is to help you understand the difference between the two words in order to change your ability to succeed.
The time is now to start thinking about hard-wiring Drive into who you are and allowing that Drive to propel you to heights that you have never experienced in the past.
More to come on this topic.
Author: Mike Free, CEO and Creator of Grind Over Matter