Just I case you missed it , the Olympics started the other day in London. For all the participants, the Games are the result of years of hard work and commitment.
Many people think that motivation is paramount, that it is what gets them there. I’m sure you are aware of the term “motivational speakers” and how thousands of people attend events by these speakers, or buy books and other products to change their lives. They get all pumped up, really MOTIVATED, yeah, they’re going to make big changes – wow!!! But………………. once the initial glow wears off, nothing much changes.
The difference is COMMITTMENT. It is more important than motivation. Motivation is great to get you, well, motivated; it’s an encouragement, a vehicle of sorts, a bit surfacey. It’s like a car. It doesn’t matter what type of car you drive, be it a tiny little compact hatch or a Ferrari, because if it runs out of fuel you won’t be going anywhere. Commitment is what keeps you going, it’s the fuel, the fire.
Now I often use the analogy of Olympians with my clients when I explain the difference between commitment and motivation.
Olympians don’t always feel motivated to train hour after hour, day after day. Think about swimmers in particular. They often start training in the early hours of the morning when most people are still in bed. In the winter months especially, when it’s minus something degrees outside, they don’t feel very motivated every single morning to get up and go to the swimming centre. The thing that really gets them there is commitment. No matter how much they just want to stay in bed, nice and warm, the commitment they have to achieving their goal is what gets them up and to the pool to start training. It doesn’t matter if your motivation wavers, it is your commitment that makes the difference to your success. So many people give up when the motivation starts to drop off and don’t realise that they can re-create that feeling by staying committed. Put it this way, if your car ran out of petrol would you leave it and never return?
I’d love for you to have a little think about where in your life you need to put in some fuel instead of worrying about what type of car you are going to drive. How you can get more fuel and keep driving? Simple, easy and it will make all the difference.
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