The Real Catalyst for Motivation: It's Not What You Think

Jul 09, 2023


Welcome to another enlightening episode of the Thinking Big Podcast. Today, we're debunking myths and challenging beliefs about motivation.

The conventional wisdom tells us that motivation leads to action, and action yields results. But what if we've got it all wrong? What if it's action that fuels motivation, not the other way around?

In this episode, we dive deep into this concept, backed by neuroscience and the wisdom of Emerson. We explore how taking even the smallest step can shatter inertia and set you on the path to success.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Motivation is not the magic key to success; action is.
  2. Action fuels and builds motivation.
  3. The action doesn't have to be colossal; even a tiny step can shatter inertia.
  4. Once you start witnessing the results of your actions, motivation makes its grand entrance.
  5. Progress is a powerful motivator that drives us.

Quotes From The Episode:

"It's not motivation that ignites action, but action that fuels and builds motivation."

"Do the thing, and you shall have the power, but they that do not do the thing had not the power." - Emerson

"The secret to motivation is not sitting around on your butt, waiting for it to strike."

Resources Mentioned:

  1. The Mastermind Group: A powerful group of entrepreneurs and leaders that can help guide you to your goals. CLICK HERE

As a seasoned podcaster and coach, I've seen firsthand how action can fuel motivation. So, my advice to you is simple: start moving. Don't wait for the perfect moment or the right resources. Just take the first step, no matter how small it may seem.


  1. Q: What is the key to motivation? A: The key to motivation is action. When you take action, you fuel your motivation.

  2. Q: Does the action need to be a big step? A: No, even a tiny step can shatter inertia and set you on the path to success.

  3. Q: What happens when I start taking action? A: Once you start taking action and witnessing the results, motivation makes its grand entrance.

  4. Q: What is the role of progress in motivation? A: Progress is a powerful motivator. When you see the fruits of your labor, you feel a sense of accomplishment that fuels your motivation.

  5. Q: What if I don't have the right resources to take action? A: Don't wait for the right resources. Just take the first step, and the rest will fall into place.


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