Three weeks ago, I was on top of the world at work. We were finally getting resources to help with my project, things were getting organized like I have been trying to do for months, and it looked like we were on our way to building a great team in St. Petersburg. It was also looking like I would be able to finally get approval to attend a technical conference that would really help me a lot with work. Two weeks ago, I was also so consumed by work, that I worked all day, much of the evening, went to bed for about five hors, and started over again. I even worked a significant amount on weekends and during a family vacation so i could keep the work moving forward. It was tiring but I was excited.
I cannot remember what motivation book I read it in ( I have read many many of them), but it basically said that we are not motivated by logic but by emotions. And, if we want big accomplishments, we need to find an emotional reason to drive us and not a logical one. I remember trying to use this principle to help me get good grades in college. It is logical to work hard to get good grades, but this does not inspire one to action. I motivated myself by telling myself that I wanted to be the best. I wanted to beat everyone in my class and show them that I was the best. Did it work? – it did!