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What does motivation mean? What actually is it? People use the expression “I am really motivated” but what actually do they mean by that?

According to the dictionary, motivation means “enthusiasm to do something”. I reckon that’s a pretty good definition. But what actually is a motivated person, somebody you could call “motivated”?

They would probably come across as having lots of energy and drive and would be achieving things. They would probably be great people to be around as the positive energy and enthusiasm are usually contagious and instil motivation in others too.

But I think motivation is actually deeper than that. It’s more than a feeling of enthusiasm. It’s more than energy and excitement. It goes beyond those things.

Motivation means choosing to do some things you would rather not do. Some things that may be difficult, out of your comfort zone, challenging or new. That’s the difference that motivation makes, it pushes us that bit harder, to achieve that much more, to fly a little higher or shine a little brighter. By choosing to do some of those things you would rather not do, there is room for growth and improvement for learning and development. This is the place where courage, wisdom and confidence come from. This is the place where we start to find out what we are really made of. This is the place where you start to discover who you are and what you can do.

When I take on a new endurance challenge people sometimes ask me, “Why do you want to do that”? It is for the very reason that in the challenge the motivation to accomplish and succeed teaches me so much about myself; my abilities, my weaknesses, my strengths, my desires and  helps me find new previously hidden to me aspects of my character and personality.

To the innocent bystander it is just some ridiculous bike race in a muddy field. To me it is a rich journey of personal discovery, connecting with those difficult to reach places inside myself that actually hold real gold and precious resource to help me grow into a better person.