Motivation is a powerful force. It can fuel your drive to accomplish great things, it can ignite the passion to learn new skills, and it can accelerate your ability to get things done. Of course, that is assuming that you have something to get done.
Motivation is only as powerful as the goal that you’re driving toward. An individual who maintains the highest possible level of motivation toward beating a high score on a video game will never accomplish as much as the one who who only gives 75% of themselves over toward being a positive influence on their community. Even though the motivated person might achieve their goals more thoroughly, he’s not really accomplishing anything worthwhile. And although our half-hearted friend might not achieve his full potential, at least he’s going after something worthy of his time.
At this point, it probably sounds like I’m advocating that you develop excellent goals and that you pursue them with only a marginal level of motivation. After all, that is better than getting highly motivated about wasting time, right?
Right. It is better than wasting time.
Wrong. That’s still not what I’m advocating.
I’m challenging you to go big or go home. Grab on to a focus that’s worth spending your time on and then go after it with every last ounce of your being.