How to Get Motivated

July 19, 2017 by

“The bigger the why, the easier the how.” ~ Jim Rohn

How do I go from being unmotivated to motivated?

The answer always boils down to only three letters and one word: Why?

Many people are unmotivated because they don’t have a why that resonates with them. They don’t have a REASON for being motivated. In other words, un-motivation is kind of an inertia.

The law of momentum states that a body in motion will tend to remain in motion and a body at rest will tend to remain at rest unless acted upon by an outside force.

This means you’ve got to get yourself moving in the direction you want! And that’s why you’ve got to have your why. You need to have your reason for why you want to do what you’re thinking of doing. T. Harv Eker, author of “Secrets of the Millionaire Mindset”, offers his thoughts about getting motivated.

Motivation can relate to wealth, health, relationships, moving cities, and changing jobs; it could be about anything, but the bottom line is you’ve got to have a why.

Jim Rohn said in the above quote, we need to have a good enough reason or a good enough purpose for doing something, the how will come. You’ll get it done and it doesn’t have to make sense.

There’s a story I once heard about a slender woman who was driving with her son. Something happened with the tire and when the son was trying to fix it, the jack fell and it pinned him under the car. He was losing his life and somehow this woman lifted up that corner of the car for him to get out. How crazy is that?

Scientists have done research on this because of the extreme creative ability that we have to recreate ourselves in times of need. In that case, it was the why or the reason.

Miracles can happen when you have a big enough why. Why is whatever you want important for you? Why is money important for you? Why is wealth important to you? Why is freedom important to you?

Many successful people went through intense struggles before attaining their success. Why didn’t they give up?

Harv’s personal answer is because he had a bigger why than any struggle that he could entertain or have come over him. His why, although not overly enlightened, was very simple: he needed to prove something to his parents.

He needed to prove that they were wrong when they told him he’d never amount to anything and that he’d be broke and begging them for money.

Again, it’s not enlightenment because it’s coming from fear. Once he started getting a little bit of a base of security in the financial element, though, his why turned into something different.

He wanted to be able to do what he wanted with his time, his energy and his life. He didn’t want to have to be beholden to anyone or anything and he just wanted to be free.

All he wanted was freedom, so that became his why. Then he became fully financially free.
Let me give you one more clue here about your why, because it’s one of the most important things you can ever do. First, your why should have two sides to it. First is you. What is this doing for you? Why for you? Second, your why has to be bigger than you.

It’s why for yourself and then why for something bigger than you, whether it’s your community, your country, your team, your office or the people in your business, a charity or a wellness situation.

If you have those two why’s, one for yourself and one to help others or the world, you’ll be motivated.

Without a why, you will be unmotivated. It’s as simple as that.

The question is what is your why? Why do you do what you do? Why do you want to be successful? Why do you want a great relationship with your family, friends, or significant other? Why do you want freedom?

Learn more about your why at Cathy’s Website:

Check out Cathy’ interview with Christy Whitman talking about the why discovery process, under the Interview tab.

“When you know your why, you’ll know your way.” ~ Michael Hyatt


I am working on finding my why.

I am motivated to fulfill my why.


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