Dream big or go home - it's all about motivation

Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behaviour. It represents the reasons for people's actions, desires and needs.

Ryan Donohue, owner of Fitness Formation.
Ryan Donohue, owner of Fitness Formation.

Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behaviour or what causes a person to want to repeat a behaviour and vice versa. Motivation is a battle ground. It’s a hard fight.

But if you’re willing to fight, it will serve you well in all aspects of life. To succeed in anything, you need to have it. We need ways to motivate ourselves, so in this week’s column we’re going to give you a couple of ways to use it to your advantage.

Dream big, or go home. In your head, there should be a million questions about how you are going to achieve greatness. About how you are going to achieve success. If you think you don’t have the ability to change things, you are sorely mistaken. It is never too late to make changes to our lifestyle to achieve your goals, dreams and aspirations. Decide what you want to do. Decide what you want out of life. Do you know, or really believe, what you can become?

Ask yourself what do you want to achieve in life. Don’t come up with a half-baked reason for not acting on your ideas. Use a very strong reason for achieving success. Your family. Your business. Your health. You can always go beyond where you are now, and where you have been.


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Don’t fear failure. Don’t worry about looking foolish. Your present is not your end.

Knowledge is power. That doesn’t mean having a university education. You don’t need a PHD to achieve success in life. Many of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs had nothing before they grew a set of balls and took the plunge. They had guts, and they had ingenuity.

They took a chance. There is no such thing as an overnight success. It’s a long,long road. A musician who hits the big time with a single hasn’t been in the music business for two weeks. The have been gigging in terrible clubs with no-one paying attention to them. Travelling the country and sleeping in their cars.

Having their demos thrown in the bin by 30 different record companies. They have worked tirelessly learning their craft and refining it. Learning from those who they idolise. Until one day, they find themselves competing with them.