Motivation: What moves you?

Las Vegas, Nevada
November 30, 2016 8:40pm CST
I have always had problems motivating myself and staying motivated. I have trouble starting projects/goals or getting them past the planning stages. I have found motivation in being pushed by others (which I resent), and by accident when life throws a curve ball my way, but have always found it difficult to commit and focus on a thing. What motivates you? How do you keep yourself on track when there are literally infinite things to do/ways to live your life? For those of you who are masters of internal motivation, what's that like?
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1 Dec 16
I just look back at all the older versions of myself (including yesterdays version). I want to be better than all of them. I compete with myself everyday to do something better. Even if its waking up a little earlier than I normally do or actually eating breakfast, which I don't do all the time. Motivation from others doesn't sit well with me or last too long. It has to come from within. That is the only way for me to progress.
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@1hopefulman (31606)
• Canada
1 Dec 16
Love is my motivational force: love for God, love for family, love for mankind, love for the planet.
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@TheHorse (70857)
• Pleasant Hill, California
2 Dec 16
Love is my over-arching motivator.But for day-to-day tasks, the motivators are many. Right now, hunger is motivating me to order some Tom Kha Gai.
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@1hopefulman (31606)
• Canada
2 Dec 16
@TheHorse Enjoy!
@Julie555 (2549)
1 Dec 16
Best way is to set achievable goals and make plans for coming day
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@TheHorse (70857)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Dec 16
This sounds like a solid, common sense approach to me. I have a list for this morning.
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@Julie555 (2549)
2 Dec 16
@TheHorse First of all in the morning after breakfast i make a list of actions.Otherwise my day is lost.Very helpful indeed,sort of self-discipline
@TheHorse (70857)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Dec 16
When it comes to work-related things, I am motivated in part by the desire to get things done, and done well. And by the paycheck. Working with wood is self-motivating. I enjoy both the process and the product. When it comes to guitar, same thing. Playing is fun, and I get better if I play more. But even as I pontificate, I have a progress note to do, and I just don't feel like it. Feh. I'll do it later.
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• Sumter, South Carolina
1 Dec 16
What Keeps Me Motivated Is Writing & Keeping A Journal . I Have A Journal So That I Can Write My Emotions , If I Don't Feel Motivated to Do Anything , I'll Write It All Down & After I Write I Feel Better . I Also Have Daily Reminders That Push Me to Work Harder & I Think About How Great My Life Is. I Think About Things I Want , Stuff I Want to Be Able to Do , & Places I Wanna Go . I Eventually End Up Motivated Again . Hopefully , You'll Learn How to Get Motivated Again . Good Luck ??