Finding the root of your motivation is life’s constant dilemma.
I once read that we shouldn’t rely on motivation, as it is fickle, and instead cultivate discipline. While I don’t disagree with this sentiment, I think it’s too polar.
Discipline and motivation coincide, and to completely shut out one would be detrimental to the other.
Say your goal is to run and you literally force yourself every single day to strap on your shoes and go for a jog, at what point do you come to realize you don’t really like running? It that even worth mentioning?
There’s got to be that split second before you prop yourself out of bed, where you think, “I’m doing this for my _____”. And that’s it, that’s your motivation.
It doesn’t have to be grandiose, it just has to be enough to get the wheels in motion. And trust me when I say that momentum is a pivotal part of success.
Recently, I went to the UCSF ASDA’s Intro to Dentistry Day where we were introduced to dental students who showed us the ropes and answered an exorbitant amount of questions. We also got the opportunity to go in the SIM Lab to practice cavity preps and do composite fillings!
This was honestly the first time I’ve felt extremely proactive on my road to dentistry and I’m certain that this was the catalyst in my journey.
To think, I almost didn’t want to go. To think that one second of motivation, one second of “I have to do this if I want to be a dentist”, would have such profound impact.
Lately, my motivation is the tooth I worked on during Intro to Dentistry Day. When things get tough, I look at it and think… “Yep” and go back to work.