Have you ever Googled “motivation quotes”? I have. Here are some of the top results:
- Nothing worth having comes easy.
- Stop wishing, start doing.
- Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.
- People do not lack strength; they lack will.
Have you read them? Are you now equipped to reach for the stars and realize your dreams? Me neither.
Don’t get me wrong, these kinds of quotes have value. They speak to the power of Motivation and how it can be used to enrich one’s life. (They also recognize the challenges inherent in leveraging Motivation to achieve personal and professional success – but that’s another thought for another day.)
The issue I take with quotes like these, though, is that they are predicated on the idea that you have this pool of available energy that you can use to do, well, whatever your heart desires. But what if that pool is empty? Or so close to empty that it makes no difference?
I don’t know about the rest of you, but there have certainly been times in my life where I’ve been so low on energy that I’ve struggled to get my daily tasks done, let alone work on something I care about, like this very project. The fact that it took me a year-and-a-half to get here – where I’m actually writing this stuff down and sharing it – proves my point. I just didn’t have the Motivation to do it. But the fact that I am writing here today proves my next point; if Motivation is a limited resource, it is also renewable.
I believe that Motivation relies upon the Mana Matrix Core Attribute of Spiritual Energy. In fact, I see Motivation as the Output of Spiritual Energy; the way in which we use Spiritual Energy in our day-to-day lives. In other words, Motivation is the tool and Spiritual Energy is the fuel we use to power it up. So when we’re full to the brim with Spiritual Energy, Motivation flows more easily. When we’re low, Motivation is hard to come by, if we can even conjure it up at all.
Fortunately, Spiritual Energy – just like any of the Core Energies in the Mana Matrix – is something that can and must be renewed through the intentional application of its Inputs. For Spiritual Energy, I see those Inputs as:
- Values – the degree to which you act in accordance with the values that are important to you
- Goals – the degree to which you define clear, realistic goals and act to achieve them
- Conviction – the degree to which you believe that your values and actions are right or correct
- Confidence – the degree to which you believe you are capable of living your Values and achieving your Goals
By focusing on these Inputs, by making them integral parts of our lives, we can renew and increase our available Spiritual Energy. And the more Spiritual Energy we have, the more Motivation we have.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I could certainly use more of that!
See you at the finish line!
-The Jack of Spades