The race of your life is like a marathon. Everyone has a different reason for running it.
Some people may run it for health related reasons while others may run it to be a part of a cause. The same applies to our goals. We are all working towards something for a particular reason. What is the real motive behind your ambition?
Everyone has a motive. When there is a motive, the next to come is the motivation. The motive and motivation cannot be separated. They are dependent upon each other. You cannot have motivation with no motive or a motive with no motivation.
Perhaps, you may think that the words motive and motivation are interchangeable. It is true that the two words can be used synonymously in some cases. However, there is a difference that many people fail to recognize unfortunately.
Motive is the specific reason for performing a specific action. Motivation is the feeling that makes you want to perform the specific action.
Do you see the difference? If not, let’s zoom in on it. The motive is the reason of why you’re doing it and the motivation is the feeling that is driving you to do it.
In the following examples, notice how each motive describes the reason for the aspiration, while each motivation uses words of emotion to describe the necessity for pursuing that goal.
Motive: I want a job that allows me to use my creativity because it can help improve a company’s sales.
Motivation: I’m tired of working a job that limits possibilities and restricts my ability to be creative.
Motive: I want to go to a college that pays for my tuition. A tuition-free education will eliminate my risk of going into debt.
Motivation: I hate spending thousands of dollars at a college, especially in this economy. I can’t afford to graduate with 50 thousand dollars in student loans and a strong likelihood of not finding a great career.
Motive: I want to be self-employed because I prefer to create my own schedule and make my own decisions.
Motivation: I do not like working long hours and working on the weekends.
You should now have a better idea of distinguishing the motive and the motivation. What is your motive? What is your motivation?
The answers to these questions are the prerequisite to running the race of your life. Without those answers, you will be like a person trying to guess their way from Los Angeles to New York City without a GPS.
This is an excerpt from the bestselling book, Reaching The Finish Line.