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Almost everyone has goals associated with their fitness, lifestyle, social life, home improvements, etc. There is an almost infinite list of things people either feel they need, want or must achieve throughout their lives.

What separates the most successful people and those who are unsuccessful is not only the motivation they have in getting what they want, but the desire behind that motivation. In other words, the extent to which people are willing to go to obtain their goals is paramount in actually doing so successfully.

The Difference Between Motivation and Desire

When it comes to working on a goal, motivation is a necessary component. With motivation comes the reason for doing the goal. In other words, what is the incentive and what is the motive? So, one may have a goal to lose 50 pounds for the year to look and feel good. They may see an ideal body image that resembles the fitness goals that motivates them to want to take action. They may feel so inspired one day to workout and feel compelled to not work out the next for whatever reason they concoct. Hence, motivation can become very flexible and alone is not consistent enough to depend on.

Desire creates a passion and a deep connection between that person and their goal. So, not only do they want to get in shape and look good, but they feel like they need to. Desire pushes people forward when the motivation to progress may not be so strong on certain days. Desire tells the mind that although they don’t feel up to working out, they know they need to in order to get to their goal.

21 Days to Break a Habit

Majority of the things people do are controlled by the subconscious mind. There is only the illusion that people are consciously making their decisions. The reason why there may be a lack of motivation could be because the brain is biased by past rewards. When someone is doing something that feels good, the brain produces dopamine. The subconscious mind then takes that action and places it as option A or B, activities they desire to do first. The less pleasurable activities may be likened to option C or D.

However, people can change the way they view things like exercise to where it can be a better experience that is very rewarding. A sure way to reprogram the subconscious mind is repetition. Working on a seemingly difficult goal consistently can and will become easier to do if that person does it routinely with dedicated effort. This will strengthen one’s desire and motivation.