I really love this quote because it kind of breaks down the magic and mysticism of motivation; that is, it makes clear that action isn't a result of some sort of divine motivation.
I read this quote as the opposite - that motivation is a result of clear-set goals, not vice versa.
I think it's easy to expect goals to be met when one finds enough motivation to do so, but what if the opposite is true? What if setting the goals and going after them is actually the motivation after all?
Like all things, I expect differences lie in the individual. But for me, now in 'mid-life,' I love Ali's idea that goals can drive us forward and serve, themselves, as motivation. How many years did I sit, waiting to be struck with a feeling of purpose? I was probably more likely to be struck by lightening.
So, this all begs the question: what are our goals?
And this is when a smile sort of creeps across my face and the possibilities seem endless. As an avid list-maker, I could really go to town here. I mean, just think of possible topics! Family. Personal. Financial. Community. Educational. Physical. Spiritual.
The list.....goes on.
But if I had to choose three? And I do like to think someone is looking at me from across the room and making exactly that directive: Choose three, Amy. Only three.
If I had to choose three, they would be:
1. Write every single day
2. Keep myself fit and healthy (balance)
3. Spend more time connecting with the people I love
There they are. Three fairly simple, do-able goals that somehow often get lost in the business of daily life.
It is almost physically difficult for me not to add to the list (lose a few pounds/take a trip to see both of my beloved Erins/write and submit a short story a month for one year)....but if I were to list every single goal I have and every single goal I could imagine, they would all fall somewhere under those three umbrellas.
What would your goals be, and have you ever waited on pursuing them for the enigmatic motivation you always expect to be right around the corner?
I hope everyone is enjoying mid-week, and I will refrain from correcting Ali's grammar. Some people can get away with it.