If you’re like me then you find it easier to do things when you’re motivated to do them. It’s much easier to write when you’re motivated to write. It’s much easier to write a blog about something you’re passionate about. It’s much easier to do your work when you like your job and the people you work with are encouraging. It’s easier to train up your children in the admonition of the Lord when you’re motivated to do so.
The problem is, motivation is something that comes and goes, but life continues on. So how do we deal with this fact of life? How can we learn to do things even when we’re not motivated?
Maybe I can help answer these questions.
Face the Facts
The truth is that we do hundreds, if not, thousands of things every day that we’re not motivated to do. When we wake up, even if we’re not motivated, we all get up and get ourselves ready for whatever day we’re about to have. You aren’t motivated to turn the key in the ignition of your car. Maybe you’re not motivated to get dressed, or eat, or even go to work. Yet you do all of it. Daily.
If you’re like me, then, when you start doing something, you start forgetting how you feel and you focus more on what you’re doing. You see, the reason that we even think about motivation in the first place is because we’re not doing something. If you were doing something, you wouldn’t be thinking about how you felt.
We need to start thinking about how we feel, why we feel, and take our emotions and let them be information for us. Our feelings tell us where our hearts are at, and our hearts can be redirected. If you ever read through the Psalms, you will find that often the Psalmists feel one way and then command their hearts or souls to feel another way.
Can we do things without motivation?
I think we try to find a way out of doing things, and so we let our hearts direct us instead of directing our hearts. We’ll take any excuse we can get, and we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel of excuses when we “just don’t feel like” doing something.
This is why some people are procrastinators. They’d rather wait until the last minute when “motivation” suddenly comes rushing in. But what’s going on there? What’s happening when a student waits till the last minute to write his essay?
What’s going on is the student is letting circumstances motivate him instead of causing his own motivation. What’s going on is we’re letting circumstances control us instead of being mature and taking control of our time.
So how can we learn to do what needs to be done even if we’re not motivated? I think there’s only two options:
- Do it without motivation.
- Motivate ourselves and do it.
We either learn to motivate ourselves or we do it without motivation. And the way we learn to motivate ourselves is the way we get motivated usually: 1) Through our own thoughts or 2) By the words of others.
I know you’ve experienced it before where you started thinking about something and it motivated you. You’ve also experienced it where someone was talking and it motivated you. Motivation comes through words, calls to action, or someone speaking to you about what you should do and encouraging and telling you that you can do it.
Motivation is powerful and can help us in doing things. But we don’t need motivation to do things. However, we can learn to call and stir our hearts into motivation.
But why spend time getting motivated when you can just do what needs to be done?