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

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Habit Keeps you going!

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Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going – Jim Rohn

What keeps you going in life? We have all heard of motivation in such large lengths and at a certain stage of our lives, I even thought that it was the only thing that mattered in my life. Each time something went wrong, I would pick up one of these books – either the complete works of Swami Vivekananda or some books on motivational quotes and would wait for a surge of power within.

And the truth was that I would get this surge and feel that every little thing in this world was possible. I would feel that every impossible thing was possible and it was just a difference in words – you know, the famous IMPOSSIBLE = I AM POSSIBLE. Probably it is one of the most cliched uses ever. But then again realised the major truth

Motivation alone is not going to get us too far. All it does is maybe get us started on something. But for that to actually give us results – it requires another of the most cliched requirements – HARD WORK!

Gosh, doesn’t life seem to be so full of cliches of late? And here is one more before we go much further

“Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going – Jim Rohn”

Habit keeps us going!

Well, these are again the overused cliches right – Man first makes his habits and then it is is habits which make a man – Right?

And we all have a lot of habits, some which drive us towards what we really want and some which actually drive us away. The habits which kinda make us and the habits which really break us down, waste our time completely and make life a living torrid mistake!

Well! Those are our habits right? And we know most of them.

But here is our question – How conscious are we when we decide these habits? 

As it turns out most times, it so happens that most of these habits form around ourselves based on the environment we are born in, our education, peer group, our discussions and of course the books we have read. So many technicalities behind a habit right?

Habit Keeps us going: Consistency in Action

And to think what if we are a little conscious when we make those habits. And as we know a habit is nothing but a simple repetition of an activity over time and I think we are all smart enough to realise what things we do on a regular basis and to see if they are beneficial to us.

And to tell the truth a consistent action is the only way we are going to get ahead in life right? A consistent action towards our large goal in life, a consistent action which defines where we are headed and where we want to get in life. For example if our goal is to get that magnificent body for ourselves, then nothing better than our eating habits, our waking habits and also our habits about going to the gym on a regular basis. Nothing is ever going to trump that.

And that might just be the gym example because we are seeing that image as we discuss today. But aren’t all of our achievements so far the outcomes of a few of our habits. Like securing a rank in the university owing to our regular study routine or winning the cricket trophy cos you toiled everyday to get up at 6 and go for the coaching.

If it wasn’t for the habits, then where would we actually be? Isn’t it the habits which took us this far.

I mean motivation was a great start, but the truthful outcome was always these habits, wasn’t it?

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11 thoughts on “Motivation Is What Gets You Started, Habit Keeps You Going – Jim Rohn

  1. Nothing could be truer than the quote…. but, it takes time to grow up a habit and till then, it is motivation that keeps us moving…. 🙂

    1. Thank you Maniparna :). I agree, it is never the easiest thing to convert a short term motivation to a long term one. But the gist of the quote is simply brilliant and it kinda made us feel that there is more than just a quote and motivation. It is simply about owning that quote to our life and no wonder this makes to our list of quote of the day 🙂

  2. Another nice share, Vinay. Keep it up.
    Btw, I sent an indimail few days back, did you happen to see it?
    And, also, the floating share on left side is overflowing on the content and creating a kind of distraction. Just want to make a suggestion that you may either want to reduce the bar’s size or the width of the content for a better user experience.

    1. Hi Kishor. I am afraid I did not get any mail on Indimail.

      I am quite surprised about the font. Did you mean it is appearing too big on the mobile phone or tablet view or is it appearing big on the PC too? I am checking in my laptop and it appears quite good. Infact it is outside of the viewing window as it appears on my screen..

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