So what is motivation? I suppose it is the willingness to do something. But in real life that is not going to get me very far. So it has to be much more than such a simple definition. I guess that if the thing you are motivated to do gives you tonnes of satisfaction and or pleasure then you should be motivated. This certainly can be the case; however unless it is a really strong desire then it might not get you off the “starting blocks”. I would for example say that the pleasure of a healthy attractive body should be enough motivation to get me to eat nothing but green foods and run fifty kilometres each and every day.
However, as I am sure you can relate to, that is sadly not enough to get me away from my day to day stuff and the diversions and entertainments of every day life. If it were then no one would be overweight and we would all be a lot healthier. Most women would, if they are honest, love to have the kind of body that a girl who escorts Malaga clients for a living squeezes into her tight body con dress. But is she willing to do the hours at the gym and sacrifice the carbs and puddings the way those girls are for their profession? Probably not, or at least not for more than a few days at a time.
As I said motivation is a tricky little bugger, further contemplation makes me thing that in most cases the desire to get, be or have a thing is simply not motivation enough. Rather I think in most cases motivation comes from the prospect of horrible consequences of not doing stuff. Its not that I want to do my “homework” but rather the pain of not doing it that provides the motivation to “ get it done”.
Tell me if I am wrong, but I often feel more motivated to do something after I have started rather than before I start. I suppose this is in essence simple to explain once you have started its easier to continue. A bit like pushing a rock up hill once you get the motivation it starts to move it keeps moving. This is just physics Newtons first law of motion I think, a body at rest tends to stay at rest. I know mine does.