Why Motivation is Like a Fart

Was That You or the Dog?

Motivation is kind of like flatulence. It comes and goes. Some of us have it often. Some of us don’t. Some of us do but pretend we don’t. And some of us blame the dog. For the flatulence, that is. But I digress.

As is my way.

So, what role does motivation play in the change-my-life-forever process? Is it a prerequisite? Can we succeed without it? Well, the key word in that first question is “forever”. Sure, most of us have created some short-term change (on a pretty regular basis) off the back of some temporary motivation but many of us also have a history of undoing that good work somewhere down the track. 

Any bells ringing?

*For the purpose of this discussion, when I use the term ‘motivation’ I am talking about the emotional state of ‘being motivated’. You know; that place where we are excited, pumped and ‘in the zone’. 

The Role of Motivation

In terms of creating lasting, never-going-back results, motivation (as it is explained above) typically plays a relatively minor role in the process. And yes, that might seem like a somewhat ironic statement coming from a ‘motivational speaker’ but it’s the truth. Yes, it’s great to ride that wave of motivation when it’s there, but what really matters – from a big-picture perspective – is what you and I do (choices, behaviours, reactions, habits) when the motivational well dries up. And it will.

Being human and all.

What Success Demands

High-achievers will find a way to keep doing what success demands (whatever success means to them personally) irrespective of their emotional state on a given day. If they are ‘feeling’ motivated or not, they will still do what needs to be done. If it’s fun or not, they will do it. If it’s convenient or not, they will do it. If it’s easy or not, they will do it. They will do it because they are totally committed and commitment trumps motivation every time.

So, what are you committed to?

And more importantly, was that you or the dog? ;)

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Nancy M August 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Motivation is paramount to success and directly linked to dreams and written goals.Flatulance is paramount to relief but won’t really get you too far -lol.


Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Perhaps i should stop have stopped farting in front of my kids a long time ago – I have told them since they were young…it is better out than in….(the fart that is and even the odd burp) which can be applied to many life lessons….however I was totally embaressed when my youngest was at kinder ‘show n tell’ and he shared with the group that my mum was a ‘super tooter’ bet your mum cant fart as loud….as mine…giggle giggle.

Amongst all the crap in my life, i do stay motivated and happy in front of my kids..I guess still to this day that is why my number 3 felt comfortable sharing our family secrets… even a lod contagious laughter roar,…. we still laugh about it to this day and he has turned…13

Love the post..



Anonymous September 1, 2011 at 2:20 am

Ah well, I totally agree with you there Craig. But I find that this “do it when you arent motivated too” thing doesnt actually extend into all areas of my life. I have the weight loss thing going along well, 45 kilos down and about 16 to go til the “healthy BMI”.
But, what do you do to bring the rest of life into line? For some reason, my stickability with the weight thing isnt extending to the rest….a sticky question!!


allison September 1, 2011 at 8:13 am

Great post .. The truest thing I’ve ever heard! :)


sweetpea September 1, 2011 at 9:02 am

Illusions die hard, and it is painful to yield to the insight that a grown- up can be no man’s disciple, and if you have a hero…well look again…you have diminished yourself in some way… (even for $29.99 and in three cheesy easy instalments)

All else is pure flatulence…in the grander scheme of the secret really- there is no secret.

Shift happens!


Amandaf September 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Motivation is a hard fought habit. I do envy those who seem to always be highly motivated.


Anonymous September 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I’m committed to remaining well, losing weight, getting fitter, finding a job, stopping my spending habit, paying off my debts, and saving enough money to travel. It’s not going to happen overnight, in fact it feels like setting off from base camp to climb Everest. But at least now I’ve got a map.


Stephen September 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

motivation is like a lolly, is great when you first get it then you enjoy the pleasure it brings but what happens when it runs out? Thats when you commitment to your cause kicks in. Are you commited or are you just Fluffing around eventually your commitment becomes habit. My dog is an outside dog so I can never blame it on the dog!


Optimist September 2, 2011 at 1:53 am

The common belief is that action arises from motivation, but it is actually the other way around. If you put in the hard yards and take some action you will see results and this is what brings about motivation. Only then does motivation lead to further action, and on and on and on.


Nixstgreen November 14, 2011 at 4:15 am

I agree! There is an element of motivation gained from seeing the fruits of labour – the more you do, the more you will feel like doing ;-) And it goes without saying the less you do the less you feel like doing…


motivational speaker September 2, 2011 at 1:58 am

The dog…honest! :)


Mon :) September 2, 2011 at 5:24 am

I Love Different :D … Another Awesome Read, Thank you Craigo!!!

Big Hug :)
Mon xo


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