Do not confuse inspiration with motivation. The Total Man knows the difference.
I am often asked what “drives” me, what the secret to getting through BUD/S is, or how I stay motivated to keep pursuing my goals. I can’t tell you how many DMs I get on this topic.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson perfectly put it: “Ne te quaesiveris extra.” Do not seek outside yourself. Surround yourself with positive forces so that you may be inspired, by all means. But in the end, the source of all of your motivation must be within. It becomes as plain as the answer to a very simple question: Do you want it or not? This relates to more than just BUD/S. This relates to any goal you might pursue in life.
In life, no matter what path you travel, there will be peaks and valleys. You will experience moments of success and joy, and you will also inevitably experience pain, suffering, and difficulty. During your greatest triumphs, others will surround you looking for a piece of your win. They’ll want to ride your wave. Then at your moments of defeat, many of those same people will be nowhere to be found. At those times, you will know the importance of self-reliance.
Draw inspiration from the others who have come before you, and strength from their wisdom. But do not look outside yourself for motivation. Extrinsic motivation is for children and dogs. The Total Man's motivation is intrinsic.
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