A log in a fireplace.Tom went to see his mentor, Dwyer as he was feeling frustrated.

It was a cold winter’s night and the mentor had his fire going.

“What’s your problem, Tom?” the mentor asked.

“I just can’t seem to find the motivation required to finish a project that I’m working on at the moment.”

“Hmmph,” responded Dwyer.

“Is that all you can say?” asked Tom.

“I need time to think.  Can you put that log on the fire?”

“OK.”

They sat in silence for a few minutes, watching the fire burn.

“So, what should I do about my motivation levels?” asked Tom.

“Put another log on the fire.”

“OK, but can we talk about my motivation levels afterwards?”

“Just let me think for a while,” replied Dwyer.

They waited for a few more minutes as the fire crackled.

“Do you have an answer yet?” Tom asked impatiently.

“I just a little more time.  Can you put that log on the fire?”

“Yes, but then I want an answer, you’re supposed to be my mentor,” said Tom.

The log went on and Dwyer turned to face his young protegé.

“Motivation is like a fire, it will die off if you don’t keep giving it fuel to keep it burning.”

“How do I do that?” enquired Tom.

“There are five logs you can use, so whenever you feel the fire is fading, ask yourself these questions:

  1. What got you started?
  2. What is your goal?
  3. What can you learn today?
  4. What action can I take right now?
  5. Which positive people can I hang out with who will influence me?”

Tom smiled and jumped to his feet.

“What, going already?” asked Dwyer.

“You bet,” Tom replied.  “I have work to do, I can feel the fire rising already.”

I don’t know about you, but there are occasions when my motivation levels wane.

I love the old Zig Ziglar quote that says, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing and that’s why we recommend it daily.”

By asking yourself Dwyer’s questions, you can find a way to sustain your motivation levels and keep the fire burning.

Are there any other questions that you would have given Tom to use?

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