The idea that motivation is a prerequisite or a spark necessary to embark on the road to success is an insidious myth. Motivation is really a result. It is the result of a process and it grows with the satisfaction of seeing ourselves making progress day after day.
Motivation is not something you have, but something you automatically get when you achieve even the smallest successes. It is the feeling of fulfilment and gratification generated by dopamine, a hormone that is triggered each time you achieve something.
Success is a process that is repeatable and predictable. It has little to do with hoping, praying and wishing, but a lot to do with acting, diligence and doing the right thing in the right way, over and over again.
The road towards a goal is full of countless hours of work and sacrifice that equate to countless feel-good opportunities for what has been achieved along the way. Part of the satisfaction can be found in the sense of achievement, but the real source of lasting happiness lies in the process.
You should stop thinking that one day you’ll be happy with yourself. You can start being happy today.