This article was taken from Jimmy’s former blog www.apollonianlifestyle.com.
In the long run, success is LESS about what you do when you are motivated and MORE about what you do when you are not. Anyone on the planet can become an absolute workhorse when they are impassioned. However, the people that succeed are the ones that habitually show up on the days they do not want to.
A motivational state is an emotional response to a perceived need. As human beings, our needs are complex and volatile, constantly waning and waxing. To sustain a high state of motivation over an extended period of time is not practical if even possible.
Motivation is important but if you have to wait for it every single time you need to get something done, eventually, your purpose is going to run into a case of too little too late.
We cannot always maintain a singular focus for that one goal we really want to accomplish. Some days we just don’t feel like doing it at all. And that’s okay.
Motivation, although, is an inconsistent fuel sources that cannot be relied upon. Regardless of whether our motivation tank is full or not, father-time ticks callously away.
So instead of waiting for an intense burst of emotion to inspire you to show up, learn to just show up regardless. Diamonds are not created by spontaneous bursts of excessively powerful energy; diamonds are created by the right kind of consistent pressure throughout time.
If you know your life’s purpose, you need to keep up a good “pressure” day in and day out. We are what we repeatedly do. Good habits and discipline beats invigoration with procrastination.
What if you do not know your life’s purpose yet? Completely normal. There is no shame in being lost, being depressed, or having existential crises. However, you cannot afford to stand idle. Even if you are lost, actively work on yourself -physically, mentally, spiritually, and even socially because one day you won’t be.
Metaphysically speaking, the universe bestows its will upon those who are ready and able to carry out the mission.
When the destiny train finally arrives, you owe it to yourself to be able and to be willing to catch your ride. Do not live your life in regret because you were too unhealthy, too unprepared, too ignorant, or too afraid to make it onboard.
If you haven’t found your passion yet, you don’t need to fret. You don’t need to compare yourself to people your age that have it all figured out already. However, you do need to give it your best effort to maintain a life of discipline and continued growth.
When you stay prepared, you don’t have to get prepared when you do finally figure out your calling. Don’t make your story into a comeback story if you don’t have to. Everybody loves Rocky Balboa’s ability to take punishment and comeback for the big win. Everybody loves Will Smith’s character in the ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ movie.
What most people fail to look at is how those characters viewed themselves. If you listen to Rocky’s interactions with his son, he warns little Robert Balboa to stay away from fighting saying “you are going to do something with your brain”. Rocky took all that punishment because he had to. In the movie Creed, old Rocky does his best to turn a determined Adonis Creed away from fighting. Comeback stories and uphill battles come with sacrifice. Those sacrifices are REAL. No matter how much Hollywood glorify it. Real sacrifices don’t feel like glory, it feels absolutely unfair and awful. Do the work beforehand so you can avoid it at all cost.
The week before a major sports competition is not the best time to learn and master new skill set. The day before a test is not the best time to retrain your cognitions to process information faster. The hour before an important interview is not the time to get lost and soul search.
All of the things above are to be figured out on your downtime- when you are not stressed out and in a state of hyper-focus. Make the odds in your favor before it is time for you to gamble.
I want to conclude by saying a few words to my readers whom are suffering through chronic depression, nihilistic phases, or existential crisis’s. First, hang in there; you are awesome for reading this and desiring a solution.
Second, there is no shame in feeling the emptiness and the lack of motivation that comes with these conditions. Mental illness is a matter constantly underestimated by society and these maladies are the common colds of mental health.
Finally, the worst thing you can do is to allow yourself to give in. Do not wallow in self-pity, do not embrace the downward spiral of negative (and limited) thinking, and do not quit showing up your favorite hobbies. These actions will only make it harder for you to recover.
Grab onto whatever you can and climb your way back to the light. Stay active. Invest in yourself. Maintain discipline. Make mental adjustments. Change your world-view. Seek help. Turn inches into miles. Never stop moving.
Never stand idly by waiting for an external source of motivation to come save you. Create your own motivation through action and go out get everything they said you couldn’t have!