What is Motivation Worth?

 “Motivation is garbage.” Mel Robbins. I respectfully disagree. Mel Robbins is the author of the 5 Second Rule and a person who I really admire.  She teaches concepts (backed by science) that help people get out of their own way, and take action.  Seriously, if you have not read or listened to the 5 Second Rule, you should.  It’s awesome.   And in this case, I do understand what she is saying.  She talks about it here in this video interview.  She is saying it does not make sense to wait for motivation to “do” whatever it is you should do.  I get that. And I actually agree.  You don’t wait to be motivated to act.  The best create things they need to do in order to move them to their goals.  Then they need to do that each day.  They can’t wait to be motivated to do it.  They just need to do it.  5-4-3-2-1.   What I disagree with is the idea that listening, reading or consuming some sort of motivating material doesn’t help.  It does.  I can only speak from experience here.  But pushing some sort of motivational material into my head, makes me want to take action.  And in my book, anything that makes me want to take action, is a good thing.   What I like to do is create a habit of pushing motivational (or good things) into my brain on a regular basis.  I have a different take.  It’s not that motivation doesn’t work.  It’s that it doesn’t last.  As the great Zig Ziglar once said… “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” So it’s not that motivation doesn’t work.  It does.  It’s just that it doesn’t last.  We need to constantly remind ourselves to “get after it.”   So get after it.  Don’t lose your motivation.  Make sure you get your daily dose.  You can follow us on Facebook here.  Or you can sign up for our VIP newsletter here.   

Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.