Why is it that some people keep going and keep working towards their goal, even when things are challenging, and others give up? Many people attribute this to motivation which does play a role, however, as a motivation expert, I can tell you that motivation alone won’t cut it. Motivation is defined as, “the general desire or willingness of someone to do something”. Being really clear about “why” you want to achieve something is tied to motivation, however, when you are working towards a goal and things get challenging, it can be very easy for motivation to decrease. Your desire to keep going is challenged when things get uncomfortable because it is human nature to want to stay in your comfort zone.
Drive, on the other hand, is easier to sustain and can help you power through when things get hard. The definition of drive is, “an innate, biologically determined urge to attain a goal or satisfy a need”. While motivation taps into your “why” for doing something, drive taps into an even more powerful “why”. For example, if you said, “I am going to eat healthy because I want to lose weight”, that is an example of a “why”. However, if you tap into a deeper “why” and say, “I am going to eat healthy because I saw my mother suffer through pain and multiple medical issues before dying at a young age and I never want to end up like that”, you have a much stronger “why”. Your drive to stay on track with your goal will be much stronger with a deeper “why”, and, in this example, will allow you to skip the chips and dip in the immediate moment in order to continue to work towards what you want to achieve in the longer term.
Drive involves both ambition and determination and is what will keep you disciplined to take action towards your goal, even when motivation dips. When things get uncomfortable, drive will keep pushing you forward when you want to go back to your comfort zone. There are things you can do to increase or maintain your drive. Once you start seeing the payoff of having drive, it is automatically reinforced and becomes easier to maintain.
6 strategies for increasing and maintaining your drive.
Having someone who fully supports you in working towards your goals is extremely helpful as well. This person will help you remember why you are working towards something, will help highlight the progress you are making, even when you feel like you are not where you want to be, and will help you address mindset blocks that may come up. If you don’t have someone in your life who fits this role, consider finding an online community, an accountability partner, or hiring a coach. Having someone else who is rooting for you can make a difference!
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