Motivation, our hidden power

Every run starts with the first step, and to actually make that first step it takes a special kind of energy: our motivation.

Motivation is the inner willpower, the inner driving force, to achieve a goal and the hidden power behind the energy that moves us forward in life. It is the inner voice that says: take action! Do it now. I don’t think it is the same as enthusiasm although I see a relation between them. Where enthusiasm is an emotion which sets an idea in our mind it does start our actions, it is motivation that fuels our actions. It is motivation which gets us started and what keeps us going, it helps us to overcome obstacles and dealing with discomfort.

He is able who thinks he is able – Buddha

It all starts in the head. How do we archive what we want ? What does it take to finish, to have success ? First of all you will need a goal. If you do not set your goal, it is very difficult to achieve your outcome. Next to your defined goals you will need a strategy. For example; it is my goal to run and finish a marathon, and my strategy to reach this goal is whatever training plan I use. So far so good, but what will happen if you lack motivation ? Nothing. Nothing will happen. You will not even take the first step, or you won’t be able to deal with obstacles on your road .

Our motivation is that what makes us move, and that what kicks us in the *ss to go out. You may have the best talents or the best skills but if you do not have motivation you will not reach far. Motivation is the force which drives you to do what you are doing. Enthusiasm fueled with motivation moves us forward in life. Motivation can be considered a driving force; a psychological drive that compels or reinforces an action toward a desired goal.

We only reach the finish, our goal, if we take action, every run starts with the first step. Action is only possible when you are and when you are able to stay motivated. Only when you have the right amount of motivation you are able to reach your goal.

Maybe it is all in the mind? To quote Buddha: “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become”. Our mind is directing our life in the way we create the life around us . By the thoughts and directions we take with our mind everything is created. All action starts in the mind. And only if we are able to avoid negative thoughts to interfere with the stream of creative power, which our mind gives us, we will able to stay motivated. Motivation is about balance, it is not wanting something very badly, but about wanting something completely. Wanting with heart and soul. Balance. When we lack motivation, something inside us is saying, I don’t want to reach that goal. Something inside tells us that we don’t want this goal completely or that we can’t reach our goal. At this point we get an imbalance in our self, and we lack the needed alignment between enthusiasm, motivation and our strategy. At that point our much-needed fuel, motivation, our energy, will get lost and we won’t reach our set goal.

It is all in the head. So how do we stay motivated ? What helps us to keep ourselves motivated ? I really don’t know. I think it’s a personal thing, what motivates me does not motivate you. It comes from deep inside our mind, our soul. What I do know is that what de-motivates me; negative thoughts. Negative thoughts that come into play when things get hard, when during running legs start to hurt or if I get tired. Imbalance de-motivates.

What motivates me to go out in any weather and run for hours ? It’s the powerful feeling that creeps up while running. It is the feeling and the reward afterward. It is curiosity, competition with myself, pride, ego, risks, happiness, etc. But in the end it is my mind, my will to reach my goal, in balance, with heart and soul.

Go out and run, stay motivated !