Finding Inner Drive

You jump out of bed first thing in the morning. What’s the first thing going through your head?


Ok, I get it. Most people don’t “jump” out of bed in the morning. A more accurate picture would be people hitting the snooze 5 times before they finally realize that they’re already running behind. This happens day after day, and people wonder why their life seems to be so stressed.


Now let’s talk about what my mornings look like. The alarm is set for 4:30am. It goes off and by 4:31am I’m already out of bed and getting dressed. Why you may ask? Because I already have a list of things I want to accomplish before anyone else gets up. We’re talking a physical list that’s sitting on the coffee table, full of tasks that are ready to be checked off.


Getting up that early might scare off a few people, but I guarantee you that it’s not only possible, but also probably easier to do than you might think. What, you may ask, makes it easy to do? The answer is inner drive. That computer in my head “aka my brain” is telling me that I need to get up because there are tasks that need to be taken care of. I have a REASON for getting up. A reason, and that’s exactly what most people are lacking.


So now it’s time to ask yourself “Why do I get up in the morning?” If that reason isn’t strong enough, if it isn’t motivating and doesn’t ignite a fire under your feet, then you’re missing out. Think about what matters to you, the things that matter most, and ask yourself what’s holding you back from going full-speed at them.


Harnessing inner drive takes a little practice. You might not feel it the first time that you try. But with practice you will start to develop an inner motivation that will make you unstoppable.


Jon Griffith specializes in optimizing performance for firefighters & police. Jon is a personal trainer, firefighter, and former U.S. Army infantryman. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and 3 cats.

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