“How do you stay motivated for 15 hours bro??"
– 76 viewers during my streams every day
In the last lesson, I briefly explained how I manage my time and setting my goals. This time, we will focus on my goals and how I set them, hoping you will try to do the same.
My father and I had many good conversations. He is an outstanding, intelligent man. Every time one of our conversations ended, I immediately incorporated the things he advised me to do in my life.
We had a conversation once about setting my goals and what I want to be in the future. I was 18 and pretty much all over the place. I was very popular and social but I couldn’t care about school and even less about studying. I also went through a rough break-up with a girl I was with for several years. My father could see that, and he sat me down and asked me: “Ari, where do you see yourself in 5 years?”
I couldn’t answer.
“You are a man now. It would be best if you had some goals in your life. Come back to me when you have an answer.” So I started looking for things to do with myself. After several months (a story for another time), I realized it’s time to fulfill my will to help people with my passion for nutrition and health and become a doctor. I went back to my father and told him that in 5 years, I would like to be a medical student.
And here I am, after 5 years of researching, studying, working, saving money, and passing the entrance exam, I am a second-year medical student.
Where do I get my motivation from?
I always aim high. Seeing a single goal all the time – I will reach the point where I am a doctor, and I can see my parents retiring after working for hours to help their kids fulfill their dream. I know every session I am investing in my education is one step closer to this goal. Even when I am writing this, I can sense the rush of dopamine/serotonin, which is crucial for feeling a sense of motivation and focus.
I had a 5-year plan 5 years ago.
Now I have a new one.
This is where I get my motivation from. I am setting myself daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and 5-year goals. Reaching the smaller goals keeps me on track. Reaching the bigger goals gives me the sense of motivation, focus, and persistence that I need.