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Motivation Is What Gets You Started. Habit Is What Keeps You Going - Jim Rohn

Motivation Is What Gets You Started. Habit Is What Keeps You Going – Jim Rohn

A couple of days ago, you probably made a promise to yourself that this year, you would be a better person, whether it be through losing the excess weight you put on in 2016 or reading more. I want you to remember the energy and passion you had when you first told yourself that 2017 was going to be different. How do you feel now? Do you feel the fire you felt a couple of days ago? Have you continued to work towards achieving the goal you decided to achieve? 

If the answer is no to any of the above questions, do not feel too bad. It is not uncommon to have an initial burst of motivation, only for that fire to die down into small smoldering embers. It happens to everyone. However, the difference between those who achieve the goals they set are the ones who break those goals down into habits. 

Take the goal you have, and break it down into smaller actions that you will then turn into habits. For example, if your goal was to lose weight, the tasks you would perform could include having a healthy breakfast or going to the gym. Then once you’ve broken the goal down into smaller tasks, you would then proceed to perform them daily. 

You decided to take action this year and you were able to find the motivation. All you need to do now is to build these habits and I am confident that you will achieve the goals that you have set for 2017.

Motivation Is What Gets You Started. Habit Is What Keeps You Going – Jim Rohn
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About Darren Tran

As a child, I had the ability to achieve anything I tried. As I grew older, I came to realize that life was not quite so easy. Having become addicted to success, I sought to constantly improve myself. Currently, I seek to inspire and motivate people under the internet handle "The Motivated Hustler" and you can find me on most social media platforms. Check out my blog www.themotivatedhustler.wordpress.com


  1. One of the most important things that I’ve learned in 2016 is that motivation is useless, the only thing that truly counts is discipline.

    • I think motivation is good for creating that initial momentum to start building the habit and discipline. Otherwise it’s quite easy to remain content with doing nothing. But I do agree that solely relying on motivation is a recipe for disaster.

  2. Nice post! Thanks for the reminder to raise my standards this year! And great quote of his – love his stuff!

  3. Excellent post and so true! So often we make goals only to let them fall by the wayside. Thanks for sharing!

    • Exactly, and it’s so easy to lose that initial motivation and convince ourselves that we don’t really want to succeed.

  4. Absolutely brilliant! I’m of the belief that Strong Habits trump Motivation.
    Thank you for the lovely post!

  5. A great post, Darren! And a great tip to people who aren’t sure what to make of their dreams and goals. Habits are a surefire way to get somewhere and to get things done!

    • Exactly! Even when you’re not feeling motivated, as long as you have built the habit, then you won’t procrastinate!

  6. I’ve listened to a few podcasts in the last couple of days on this sort of thing…Two things that stuck out: The first being that you have to question if the change you’re aiming for is something you really want. Does it fit in with your values? Are you doing it for the right (and your own) reasons? Those kinds of questions will determine if your motivation will be long-lasting.
    The second thing that stuck with me was likening habit change to the habit everyone has of brushing their teeth (well, almost everyone!). They said to try not brushing your teeth, and see how long you can go until you cannot bear it any longer and just have to go brush ’em! So say your habit goal is to exercise regularly…You want to get to a point where you cannot imagine not doing your exercise routine. Where you’re sitting on your sofa and you’re just itching to get up and get out there and do something. Some food for thought, I thought!
    And yes, the mini-habits strategy is a very good one! We’re often put off when there seems to be so much effort involved. Start with the goal of at least putting your gym clothes on. Or aim to do ten push-ups a day. Then see where it goes from there!

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