Merriam-Webster defines motivation as the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

“General desire” or “willingness” to do something. There’s just something about that, that seems to really downplay what motivation is all about. That said, I think that definition of motivation is a great representation of how we view motivation in our daily lives. It’s something we talk about, but typically only when we’re discussing the lack thereof.

“I just can’t seem to get motivated” – If I had a dollar for every time I said that to myself, I wouldn’t need to be motivated to do anything. Fact of the matter of the matter is this, motivation is everything, but requires an initial action on our part.

Yes, motivation comes from action. The easiest way to get motivated to do something is to actually get started. I think you’ll find that once you’ve started – the motivation to continue comes naturally.

John Maxwell says, “motivation isn’t the cause of action…it’s the by-product. Once we discover that motivation comes from action and get started, motivation will show up and make it easier for you to keep going.”

Get started and let motivation be the by-product of your life now.