What’s the One Thing That Keeps You Motivated?
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No matter what goal you are trying to accomplish, motivation has to be there in order to achieve that goal. Motivation is the key to almost anything. If you want to lose weight, pay off debt, earn more money, save for a vacation, buy a home, etc., then you need to have the right type of motivation.
Depending on the scenario, your motivation can be quite different. If you want to lose weight, your motivation could be better health and living longer. If you want to pay off your debt, your motivation could be financial freedom and more choice. Every single goal should be motivated by something. I figured I would talk today about my one motivation for most of the things I do. Most of my goals are motivated by one thing.
Motivated by My Family
I am a family man through and through. Once I became a father, my list of goals grew much larger. While I still have personal goals, my motivation to reach those goals is fueled by my family. I was brought up to be a provider. My father was a great provider and had multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. He did this for our family. His actions were a great learning experience. He showed me that no matter what you do, you need to think of your family. I love being a family man.
If you are a parent, then you know your life changes when you have a kid. No matter how many you have, your priorities are very different from when you were single or even married. Your priorities shift onto the child. You work harder to provide for them. You pretty much change your life, so they can have a great life. You teach them skills so when they are old enough, they can make good decisions and provide for themselves. My son means the world to me and I would do anything for him. I will work my fingers to the bone in order to support my wife and my son. Though my wife works and is great at her job, I still want to make sure we are set up for life. It will take some time, but they are my motivation for nearly everything I do.
It is no mystery that I love making extra money. I have been doing it for years. I continually look for ways to earn extra cash. Before, my motivation for this was to get out of debt. When my debt was paid off, I switched my motivation to saving for retirement. Along the way, I have added more motivation with regards to providing a better life for my wife and myself. I am looking toward financial independence.
When my son was born, I added a new motivation. I put my family ahead of my needs. While I still save for retirement, I now save for my son’s college education. You never want to lose your motivation. It should push you along your path to reach your end goal. My goals now are to give my son a great education, put a nice roof over our heads, create an awesome retirement account that my wife and I can live comfortably off of, fuel my passion for Jeeps, and much more.
I am constantly on the lookout for new money making opportunities. I don’t deal with get rich quick schemes, but honest work that pays. I just started a technical blog management service for people who love their blogs, but don’t have the technical skills to keep them maintained. These are services that I find rewarding and which also help me reach my goals.
What is Your Motivation?
While you may have many goals, or at least I hope you do, you might have just a few things that are motivating you to reach said goals. Earning extra money or being rich is not a motivation, but just a way to reach your goal. Motivation is there to inspire you to make a change to reach for goals. If you don’t have motivation, then you need to do some searching, because it will be very difficult to reach any goals without it.
What is your motivation for the important goals in your life? Why do you do what you do? What is your main goal that keeps you motivated?
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