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How Passion Creates Motivation

Motivation is always lurking in our minds. Even if we’re not thinking about it.

My wife, Joi, is a good example.

Take one look at her, and it’s easy to see Joi takes care of herself. She gets up every day and eats a healthy breakfast. Then, she dresses in her workout clothes and, without exception, exercises. No matter how late she went to bed or how late I slept in, Joi gets out of bed and heads to the gym.

Since it’s evident that Joi walks her walk, it’s not uncommon for people to ask, “How do you do it?” — as if she is a member of “The Secret Society of Highly Motivated People Club.”

It’s not that complicated.

I joke with Joi that she is my sexy, predictable, exciting, and somewhat dull wife. While that may sound terrible, and I wouldn’t say it around Valentine’s Day, I probably should. Joi takes it as a compliment —

“I know. It’s who I am and what I do. I don’t think about it. I want to feel and look a certain way, so I do what it takes.”

Don’t let her fool you. She thinks about it a lot, or at least she does until the magic of motivation arrives in full force.

Her vision of herself becomes her passion. That leads to massive motivation, discipline, and action. As good results arrive, the repetition action transforms into life-long habits and delivers life-long results.

That’s how you get what you want.

The pain of exercising your motivational muscle always feels better than the frustration of thinking about what you want for too long.