Often, we lack motivation and resort to looking for excuses why something is unnecessary, why the task should be done by someone else and why we can wait till tomorrow to do it. In the meantime, we search for tips and tricks all over the place to help boost our motivation. Most of the suggestions seem useless and even if one of them worked, it would be short lived.
If this is happening, you are lacking passion. At work, we talked about this subject thoroughly. My boss no doubt wanted us to have it for the business our company was in. He told us
If you are passionate, then you wouldn’t think about the time you spend doing it. It wouldn’t matter if you were working on it in the day time, night time or even on the weekend. All you think about is how to accomplish the task and not how not to do it today. Things become fun, because you are thinking about the result and not the time spen.t
When I heard this, I thought to myself how wonderful the feeling would be but I didn’t quite understand it. I didn’t know how to gain this “passion” and I didn’t know what I could do to achieve it.
After a couple of months, I finally realized something – We are either passionate about something or we are not. It is very difficult to develop passion for something if you don’t feel passionate about it already. Sure, the feeling is possible to develop, but it’s a long process and we cannot force yourself along the way.
Another realization was that even if we aren’t passionate about a particular subject, it just means we haven’t found the right subject. For example, we can be passionate about cooking but not golfing, or we can be passionate about politics but not stocks. So unless you really want to develop the passion for a particular subject, it is much easier to just find the one that you love.
If motivation is lacking, then find something you are passionate about. Once the passion is there, it is very easy to get things done.
Like my boss says, “time is never a problem, you are just having fun”.