One of the most common questions I get asked is 'How do you stay motivated?"
My answer is always the same!
"I am not motivated all the time, in fact I am rarely motivated. I am dedicated!"
What is the difference between motivation and dedication?
Let's get the the definitions of them both out of the way first:
1. a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.
"escape can be a strong motivation for travel"
1. the quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose.
"his dedication to his duties"
Looking the definitions of these two words really clears up the difference between them and which one you should be focusing on achieving/attaining.
Dedication to me is knowing what the goal is and what is required to achieve this goal. There is going to be days, weeks and maybe even months where you want to give up but you know that giving up simply isn't an option!
Let's put this into a good old analogy (I swear this is how my brain works out everything)
You are a boat out in the middle of the ocean, your destination is land, land that you can't even see yet but you know its there in the distance.
Dedication are the paddles on this boat. They are rough and slow but with some hard work they always get the job done.
Motivation is like the wind (This boat also has a sail by the way). When motivation comes along you make the most of it! It can push you in the right direction and you can enjoy the ride a bit! But when that wind stops you have to get right back to those paddles to keep you moving forward!
Make the most of motivation when it comes but DO NOT rely on it to get you where you want to go! You are setting yourself up to fail if you do.