Motivation Starts With Knowing What You Want

Motivation often boils down to something as simple as you knowing what you want.  If your vision is clear, it is easier for you to get excited about making it a reality.  The opposite is also true. When your vision is not clearly outlined in your mind, it is a lot more difficult for you to keep focused, avoid distractions and remain emotionally engaged in making it happen.

We often talk about the power of the mind.  It is repeatedly said that before we can achieve anything, we must first be able to see it in our minds.  “You have to believe it before you can see it.” So goes one version of the quotation.

However, in spite of the fact that we say it so often, we still seem to forget its impact when we are thinking about what is required for us to start feeling or to remain motivated. To avoid any struggles with motivation, we should:

  1. Spend time getting the vision and the goals that you have for yourself as clear as possible in your mind.  You can also choose to lay them out either by writing them as statements that you can readily reference when needed or as images on a vision board.  The important part is to convey a message that creates a clear image in your mind.
  2. Remember to engage your emotions. The more positive emotions you have associated with your dreams, the more you are likely to have the energy to work to make them happen.  The road from knowing to doing runs through feeling.
  3. When your emotions are strong and your energy is high, identify your why. Identify why the outcome you are seeking is important. Think about and state how it will make you feel. Being able to refer to your why and to reflect on the way you will feel when you get there, helps significantly.
  4. Know that you are not always going to feel motivated. So you also need to have a plan to keep going, even when it is not fun. Outline the steps that you will take to do the things that are necessary even though you are not passionate about them.
  5. Finally, fall in love with the process. The outcome is what gets us going and it’s the ‘why’ that we are all chasing.  However, you also have to learn to love the process of getting there.  If you can find a way to be motivated by the chase and the small increments of success that you realize along the way, then you will increase the chances of you feeling motivated on a more consistent basis.

If you can conceive it, you can achieve it. So be as clear, specific or precise as you can be when you are outlining what you want to achieve, where you want to go and who you want to be. It’s another one of those secrets to success.


Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance.  She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  For more of her writing visit


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