There are times in my life when I know I should be doing something differently, but I just can’t convince myself to change. This could be exercising more often, writing more frequently, or just buckling down to finish the contract that I’m writing. In most cases, it’s because I’ve lost sight of the “why” behind the task.
In Jim Kwik’s book “Limitless“, he explains it very simply:
“If you’re struggling to find motivation to learn, or to accomplish anything else in your life, there is a good chance you haven’t uncovered the why of the task.”
If I’m not exercising enough, I need to remember that I want live a longer and more active life.
If I’m not writing enough, I need to remember that I want to always be working to become a better thinker.
If I’m not working on writing that contract, I need to remember the reason we have a company and the people that depend on it.
I’m fortunate that most of my situations are relatively mundane compared to some that face life-or-death decisions, but they still pile up. Remembering the “why” behind all we do can help foster the motivation to get it done.