We have been conditioned to believe that people who are motivated to create art, start a business, or simply run life have some magical motivation x-factor, making their hard work effortless. This is untrue. Motivated men are made, not born.
Society wants us to believe that motivation is something magical because it keeps men from taking action. Humans are naturally lazy and risk-averse. If you convince people, “Hey, maybe this motivation stuff isn’t in your DNA,” then they will behave better. They will be more pliable, docile, and less dangerous.
Motivation is like a switch, but there’s a catch. The switch doesn’t flip until you actually take action first thing in the morning as part of your daily routine. If you’ve ever driven a modified sports car, you know that the oil temperature has to reach a certain level before you can really drive it hard. You drive the car normally until the lights go on, and then you blast off.
Once you take action, motivation kicks in like a runner’s second wind. Movement = momentum = motivation.
Thus the biggest riddle about motivation is how to get started. How do you motivate yourself to get started going to the gym?
I use a specific technique to find the motivation to go to the gym to do cardio.
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