“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
– Jim Ryan
When I was 14 years old, I was motivated to become one of the best cricketers. I was impressed by Sachin Tendulkar, who had made a big debut a few years ago. I watched most of his matches. My mom was a big cricket fan too so, that made it easy to watch the games without any restrictions. I dreamt of playing for the country one day. I started to play in a club, motivated to make a grand entry like Sachin. But I never got to play above the club level. There were two significant differences between Sachin and me. They were, along with motivation, Sachin was committed and had inculcated some good habits to be an international player. The commitment of telling myself that, come what may, I will practice becoming a perfectionist and to build a habit to keep the practice going, was missing in me. That’s the reason I say, “Motivation is just a trigger, along with motivation, commitment and habits are required to lead you to sure success”.
This logic is true in every field and for every goal you set for yourself. If you look back, you would have missed a lot of goals due to lack of commitment and good habits. Does this mean that every dream you have, can be fulfilled? May not be, but, those important ones, which are critical to your life’s success could be achieved.
Sometimes people say, I am interested in achieving a specific goal. But there is a difference between being interested and being committed. Being interested means, you would do what is convenient. While being committed means, you will do whatever it takes to achieve your goal. If you are just interested, you will start to believe your stories and excuses for not progressing towards your dream. When you are committed, come what may, you will make sure whatever has to be done today, right now, will be done without fail. And when you are committed, you will let go off all the stories and reasons. You will stay focused and always think of what you can do right now to achieve the goal. It could be upskilling, building knowledge, reading, trying things out for yourself without giving any reasons for not doing it. The key attributes of successful people are they are committed to their goals, and they also take complete responsibility for their success or failure. Committed persons never play the victim card, they do not blame anyone or anything.
The next thing is habits. There are two sides to it, first is to break a bad habit and the next step is to build the right habit. The habit of distractions is the most common and dangerous one, among the bad habits. Let me give you an example; today, you get motivated and decide that you want to achieve something in life and as most of us do, you will start working on it right away. The first thing you do is to open google and start searching for information related to your idea, on the internet. But, in-between, you see a Facebook alert. Immediately your attention gets diverted and believe me, you are on Facebook even before you know it. You are so used to it that your obvious reaction is to click immediately. This is the power of distraction!!
Let me give you a second example; You decide to clean your room and make it tidy. You spend 3 to 4 hours cleaning the room, and finally, you are happy the room is clean. Instead, why don’t you build a habit to keep your room clean at all times? Trust me it’s not difficult, it’s just a change of habit you need. Build those morning routines which ensure the room is clean always.
As I had mentioned earlier, motivation is just a trigger. If you don’t have the commitment and do not build a habit, you will need a motivational booster every day. If commitment and good habits are built towards achieving your goal, motivation is required only when you face a roadblock or a dead end.
Even the goals that you set for yourself, are important. If your goal is to run a marathon, once you run your first marathon, your goal is achieved, and you are done. But, what if your goal is to be a runner, you will end up running many marathons. So be sure about the goals you set. Do not set goals to write a book, instead set a goal to be a writer.
I am always charged and motivated when I write my blog posts, but initially, I used to be interested, but not committed. Now I am committed, and I have built a habit to write these blog posts regularly.
So, stay motivated + committed + build habits = Achieve success.
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