Sparks of inspiration don’t empower us for long. The meme that inspired you to believe in yourself…that encouraging quote…those won’t affect long-term motivation. You are motivated by what you believe is possible.
The master variable is Progress. “Learn to speak Chinese” is a life-long project. “Learn to introduce myself in Chinese” is a quick win with unmistakable progress that empowers and motivates you to persist.
[FYI: This blog post is the 3×5 card summary of my 1-hour keynote presentation that shows you the science of achievement.]