Why Motivation Doesn’t Work and What to do About It.

So, we sit down on our couch, and decide to put on a Muhammad Ali motivational video and/or read a few quotes. We get all excited and pumped up, then after the video ends, we stay on the couch.

What happened!?

Motivation is an amazing way for us to get inspired, to unlock our self-belief and to accept that something we desire, is possible. It allows us to recognize that the door we desire to walk through, has a set of stairs leading to it. However, when it comes time to walking up those stairs, nothing can replace the actual motion of lifting one leg at a time, up each step until you get to the door.

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Use motivation to unlock your mindset, to release any limits you may have imposed on yourself. Whatever limitations that may be, wether its related to your work (Am I too Young for a Position?), your company (Can I generate 100 k a month), fitness (Can I be a champion? or am I that "guy" or "girl"), break those limits and accept that anything is possible, IF you pay the price in full before hand. 

"You Reap What You Sow" - Napoleon Hill, The Golden rule

After you unlock your mindset, its time to get to work. Before you start, understand the unconditional rule of the world. Before achieving anything, you must pay the price in FULL. Sometimes, this price includes a number of obstacles, that is part of the price. Keep this in your mind, because by understanding this you

accept that the task has already been achieved; the only thing you need to do is do the work to pay the price.

When you are "putting in work", be calm and do not get too excited (when things are going well) or upset (when things don't go well). Remember, the ups and downs are part of the price. When you pull up to the gym, you should get a bit excited, because you probably love training, but stay calm, because its just another day at work. During training, listen to music to get you pumped up, but deep inside of you, stay calm.

This mindset applies to when you are going to work and need to get a particular task done. Whether, you feel good, or bad, it doesn't matter because its just work, and you just get work done. When you launch a company, there are tasks that you know you must do. If you feel great, you do it, but if you feel bad, you still have to do it. By staying calm, and keeping your mind relaxed, you allow yourself to perform better. You will remember things better, communicate more clearly, and be able to execute more effectively.

In the middle of a fight, the person with the calm mind will be able to identify the mistakes that his/her opponent is making. The same applies for work, conducting business and all other aspects of your life. 


Michael Zhang is a key contributor at Driven Fighters. He is passionate about the fighters mentality and motivating other people. He has associated walking into the boxing gym as the day his life changed. His story shows that with hard work anything is possible. Having taken himself from being labeled by his high school teachers as a failure and almost dropping out to opening numerous businesses and graduating with his Master Degree in Engineering (University of Toronto). At just 18 years old, he was featured on CH News, and awarded the Young Entrepreneur Award. His passion and desire to help others made him a perfect example of what a driven fighter is. He has 20+ fights including a national amateur tournament belt. He launched three companies and is working on his fourth!