We’ve all felt the push of motivation. Motivation sparks, and the energy to work comes easily. Work is enjoyable when you’re motivated. But then, without fail, the flame is smothered. Motivation appears and then leaves on its own terms. You get tired or distracted. Your argument is rejected or criticized. Your work plateaus.
Productivity happens while motivation flows. And it doesn’t feel a lot like work because there is excitement behind motivation. It’s no wonder we think the key to success is staying motivated.
So what’s the secret behind staying motivated? It’s simple: Don’t.