We Are Driven By Only 3 Things...

I was recently interviewed on a podcast and was asked what drives me. 

One word.


A relentless pursuit of my vision. 

I have a really clear vision for my life, my family, my businesses, my team, and even my fitness. 

To put it simply, I know why I do everything I do. 

I firmly believe if you want to be consistent and motivated in any effort in life you have to have a clear vision that you're working towards. 

It can be tweaked, adjusted, and grow with you, but you have to have a north star. 

What's your why?

Why do you do what you do?

Where do you want to go?

Once you know that, each day is just like building a sculpture. 

We're just slowly chipping away at this thing to make it a little better each day. 

This is true for what you want in life, what you want in your career, and what you want in fitness. 

You see, a goal of tightening and toning your butt and arms will only take you so far. 

It's a great goal to start, but it's not your vision, it's not your north star. 

Toning is not WHY you workout. 

Your vision and your why should tug at the strings of your heart. 

As you ask yourself "well, why is that important to me?" you begin to go a layer deeper and you realize that maybe the deeper reason to why you told me your goal is toning is actually a goal of being happier around your family, being a good role model for your kids, and being a better spouse. 

I don't know. 

We each have our own vision and our own pursuit of a vision. 

It's up to you to learn what that is and use that as motivation to kick ass every day. 

However, I do know one thing. 

If you want to live an amazing and fulfilling life you must live for something bigger than yourself. 

According to Daniel Pink, we are driven by only three things:

Autonomy: a desire to direct our own lives

Mastery: a desire to get better at something that matters

Purpose: being a part of something bigger than ourselves

Those three things combined are why you do what you do, your vision, your north star. 

As I write each piece here I always try to make sure there is a clear action step, something for you to actually do so that you get something out of it. 

If you don't know why you exist, what your vision is, I would spend some time trying to figure that out. 

It won't come to you at first, but if you continue to ask yourself "why is that important to me?” or “what does success look like in ____(category of life)?”, and go several layers deep, it will eventually surface. 

I can promise you that it's bigger than just an individual goal, and once you find it, you'll be forever motivated. 

1% Better. 

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling