"How do I stay motivated?" I hear this from clients. A lot. It might be the biggest question of all. After all, we all already know what to do, it's just that we don't have the motivation to do it.
If we don't learn to focus we will live a life as a slave to our impulses. We will die without any meaningful achievement.
A comfortable man has trouble focusing on achieving his dreams, but the gazelle has no shortage of focus in running from the lion. Just as the lion has no shortage in chasing the gazelle. Whoever wins, lives. Whoever loses, dies. Either by being eaten alive or starving to death.
If there was a lion 300 feet away from you and running at you, you would have no problem starting your exercise running program. You wouldn't even hesitate. The will to live compels you to run like the wind. No thought. No lingering new year's resolution. Just trying to live.
But you're running. FAST.
What's motivating you to focus?
Of course, we can't have this level of focus all the time. It would be terrible to be chased by the proverbial lion all the time. We would pass out.
Here's the secret:
Work when it's time to work.
Sleep when it's time to sleep.
Play when it's time to play.
Run when it's time to run.
Each of these things turn out better when we focus on the one thing that's right in front of us. When we run really really fast, we sleep better and play better. When we play when it's time to play, we work better and sleep better.
It's all connected.
Be present, and run really fast.