By Chuck Porter
Have you ever struggled to stay motivated? Everyone struggles with a lack of drive from time to time. Sometimes it’s due to boredom. Sometimes fatigue. Sometimes fear of failure. Whatever it is that’s making you feel uninspired to keep going or try something new doesn’t matter. When you’re motivated by the best reasons, you’ll stay motivated.
As I write this post, I’m motivated to finish writing in a timely manner because my editor expects it of me. If I don’t, I’ll let her down. But I’m also motivated on the inside. I’m motivated to write something that you’ll connect with, and more than that, I’m driven to write it in a way that will make a positive impact on your life—and that’s the best kind of motivation. The best kind of motivation is always fueled by a desire to lead yourself and others closer to Christ.
That second kind of motivation, the internal kind, is usually thought of as hard to come by. But if you think about it, it’s really not. After all, we’re all motivated by something. It’s why we do—or don’t do—anything. When you’re tired, laziness might motivate you to take a nap. When you’re hungry, food can move you to go digging through the kitchen. When your high school reunion is around the corner, you might feel that motivation to clean all those clothes off your treadmill and jog a few miles.
So if it’s so easy to be motivated by something, whether you realize it or not, how do we stay motivated for the best reasons?
The first step is having a goal in mind. Ask God to reveal something He wants you to work on. Think of something you’d like to accomplish. Then, write it out. Keep it simple. Keep it in the front of your mind. Without a clear idea of where you want to end up, there’s no way to chart a course to reach it. And it doesn’t have to be a huge goal, like “Lose 100 pounds,” or “Buy a new car by the end of the year.” It can be something small, like “Greet everyone with a smile,” or “Read my Bible every day.” Because here’s the key: Motivation is about a mindset, and progress starts with purpose.
No one ever did something amazing without first believing they could do it—or that they were created to do it. If you’re struggling to stay motivated, you’re not alone. Remind yourself of your goal. Let God’s Word give you the blueprint and the encouragement you need to push forward toward your goal.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT
… I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14 NLT
It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. … 2 Corinthians 1:21 NLT
As you’re thinking of ways to motivate yourself and others, I encourage you to check out Pastor Craig’s latest leadership podcast! You’ll find out more about three key practices you can begin, especially the big one: keeping yourself motivated.