Imagine you’re camping and, in an effort to take the chill off and warm yourself up, you decide to build a fire. You crumple up some paper, collect and arrange wood in the fire pit and then… you never put flame to paper and light the fire. You’re still cold, and you’d still like to get warm, but you never light your fire.
Sounds silly, right? Yet how often do we do the same thing when we have a goal or a dream we want to pursue, we know the first (or next) step we should take, yet lack the motivation to get started? In a sense, we fail to light our own fire.
Motivation is the fire that moves us to get started and stay committed to our goal. This “fire” can look like, but is not limited to, a desire to:
- Life a healthy lifestyle
- Achieve an educational goal
- Start a business
- Be debt free
What’s important about the fire of motivation is that it has to come from us, not others. We are the ones who must light our own fires and motivate ourselves to take action. If we’re relying on others to motivate us before we take action, I would have to wonder if we really want the goal or dream we’ve laid out for ourselves as much as we may say we do.
If you’ve got a goal, but have been waiting for motivation to come from somewhere other than yourself before you get started, decide today to light your own fire. Determine why achieving this goal is important to you, focus on that, and move boldly toward the goal before you.