- When I accomplish something. — It’s when I finish a huge book—the moment I finish it—that I’m most motivated to find another. It’s when I see the results of the diet and exercise in the mirror that I’m excited about doing it again tomorrow. It’s when I finish one house project that all the others seem possible.
- When I see others accomplish something. — I’m not alone in this. It’s why there are millions of before and after photos and fitness transformation videos all over the internet. I feel it any time I walk into a bookstore. Shelves of books are like skylines—monuments of diligence and work and accomplishment. This is why it’s important to interact with new art constantly and to hang out with people who are better than you.
- When I fail. — It’s when I’ve been too indulgent, or when I haven’t exercised for 5 days in a row, or when I know I’ve wasted time when there was work to be done. At some point, enough is enough, and the anger I feel towards myself blasts me into action.
I want 95% of my motivation to come from the first two.