For greter success, find your why

Who needs motivation, if the change is good for me?

Everybody has goals. Usually lots of them. But, for the most part, they help you traverse the daily issues you have and don’t cause you too many problems.

Things like having to get up at 7am for work. Although you do it 5 days a week, for most of us it’s not a huge inconvenience. Even so, it’s still a goal. As is brusing your teeth every day, wearing clean underwear every day and not losing your temper with the new intern because he forgot you only take one sugar in your coffee!

Because they don’t affect you in any big way (exept maybe the coffee one, but everyone has limits 🙂 ), it’s not that difficult to achieve them.

But, what about the more important goals? The ones that need some motivation? These are much more difficult because generally, your losing something at the same time.

For greater success in everything you do, you first need to find your WHY.

Initially, everyone believes they know why they’re doing something. If you ask someone who’s trying to stop smoking cigarettes for example, why they decided to quit, they’ll generally say something along the lines of “It was costing too much”, or “It wasn’t good for me”, or “I keep getting coughs”, etc.

All of these answers are seemingly adequate to the person concerned, but they’re too generalized to be of any real long term use as a motivator.

For example, the first reason…. “it was costing too much”, within a few days,your subconscious will remind you “you’ve been smoking for years, you’ve always managed in the past. What’s the difference now?” Logically you can see that statement has flaws, but to your subconscious mind, it makes perfect sense. And you’re subconscious is far more powerful that you conscious logic.

When you decide to reach for a goal, there are many ways you can get yourself motivated. All of them will work to a greater, or lesser degree.

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Find Your Why?

However, by far the most important factor in achieving your goals is to fully understand your ‘why?‘ No matter how grand your dream, the most motivating approach to ensure success, is to completely understand WHY you want to achieve it.

To really understand your WHY?, you need to take the time to completely analyze all the benefits you’ll get from achieving your goals and all the negative things that’ll happen if you don’t; and there’ll be plenty of each if you really think about it. 😉

The more reasons the better

The more things you can think of, the more likely you are to succeed, simply because you’ll have so many reasons to go on. If you have just one reason, it’ll be very easy for your subconscious to find a compelling reason to give up.

If you need any more proof, think back to how many goals and aspirations you’ve had in the past. How many have you achieved and how many reasons for success did you have?

Find compelling reasons why and reach your goals much easier than you ever imagined!

Let me know about your successes in the comments 🙂


Steve, who's also the Founder of Teen Anxiety UK, has been writing books and articles about various aspects of Psychology since 2006.

For the last five years, he's main focus has been in helping build confidence and self-esteem.

His formal qualifications include Clinical Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, NLP and CBT.

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