Motivation Comes From Action

Where are your limits?

November 22, 2022

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill

Where does motivation come from? Is it a strong reason with a large overlap with your perceived purpose in life? Is it feeling inspired to do things? Is it accountability? As different authors such as James Clear and Benjamin Hardy explain motivation comes from action, not from inspiration.

If you wait to do a thing until you feel inspired (and consequently supposedly motivated), you will end up never doing the things that truly matter. Motivation is not a product of timing and inspiration. Much rather it’s an accelerating force stemming from action. The moment you start doing things (=action), you naturally build up momentum that has a reinforcing effect on your motivation. The moment you start moving is the moment your motivation accelerates.

So don’t wait until you feel inspired to act. Instead, take ownership of your destiny by starting with the smallest first action. This will build up your momentum and ultimately create more motivation. Always remember that motivation comes from action, not the other way around.