Are you feeling less motivated to work?
After reading this article, you won’t give a shit about motivation anymore.
Let’s get started and discuss 5 reasons why motivation isn’t worth it.
1. Motivation fades away fast
The number one problem with motivation is that it fades away quickly. Whenever I watch motivational videos, I feel like I can do anything.
Then suddenly fluffy thoughts like “Believe in yourself” and “Yes, I can,” start popping in my head. And for a couple of minutes, I feel like I’m a superman, and I can do anything.
Every things starts to appear possible and within my reach. My brain gets fired up. Dopamines hit their peek.
In my mind, it feels like success is only a few steps away.
Reality hits hard on my face.
And sooner or later, it gets over. That sudden burst of motivation that I was feeling has gone.
Sound familiar? I know it happens with everyone.
Because motivation doesn’t last forever — it’s temporary.
2. Motivation isn’t real
Biologically speaking, motivation is just our hormones dancing and partying around in our heads.
Believe me, that motivation shit isn’t real.
I could go so far and say motivation deludes us into believing that success is achievable with some efforts.
If you apply the 10x rule by Grant Cardone, it takes probably ten times more effort than we expect to achieve our goals.
Motivation shows us a dream that we too can become successful.
I’m not saying that success isn’t possible at all. The idea here is that motivation won’t help you achieve your goals, no matter how achievable they seem while you’re motivated.
3. Motivation is less productive
In that moment when we’re highly motivated, we feel energetic.
Logically we should be more productive, right. But the reality is, motivation makes us less productive when seen rationally.
As soon as motivation fades away, our energy, which is required for doing the work, also starts decreasing.
Some people keep waiting for motivation to strike, and don’t start their work unless they feel charged up enough.
What’s better: accomplishing 3 goals on a day (one-time) or 1 goal everyday for an year?
I would choose the latter. That’s because consistency is what brings us results. (Let’s discuss this in the next point.)
4. Motivation doesn’t allow you to build long-term discipline
Last year, I read around 30 non-fiction books — all based on personal growth.
You know what every book had in common? Directly or indirectly, they all suggest that you work on your habits or routines and be consistent.
Motivation is for short-sighted people. It doesn’t allow you to learn long-term discipline.
But people who accomplish big goals already realize that daily tedious work, when done with consistency, in the right way, gives more return than anything else.
Long-term discipline helps you better than any motivational video would do.
5. Motivation leads to self-doubt
Whenever I fail at any task, I doubt myself. I believe that the same is the case with everyone.
As I said above, since motivation doesn’t work in the long-run, people who rely solely on the feeling of motivation give up early and develop insecurities and self-doubt.
On the other hand, people who understand the value of discipline stick to their goals.
For example, writers have to show up at their work, no matter how the feel in the moment.
Imagine if the authors start procrastinating and write when they feel like it. They’ll never be able to finish their drafts and turn them into a reading material.
One must never rely on mere motivation. Instead, one should focus on things like the discipline that help in the long-term.
What’s your opinion about motivation?
Does it work for you? (Because it never worked for me.)
Tell me in the comments.