Which one governs your decisions, conviction or motive?
A conviction is a belief that is held in high regards and is held firmly. A motive is a reason for something and often times is hidden. Am I splitting hairs? Not really.
One of the main things I usually investigate when helping people set their goals is their motives. What is the reason for why they are doing what they are doing? Is there any true value or substance in their reasoning? I often find that many motives are limited and based on one's current circumstances. This does not produce long term success.
Everyone has their motives for doing what they do, I do too. What I try and help people to understand however, is the power of conviction when the conviction governs motive. Let’s take a songwriter for example. If a songwriter writes a song with the motive to become famous and they do not achieve that desire or it is taking longer than what they expect, their desire to be a songwriter might fade. If their motive is to be famous, they will begin to entertain other avenues of how they might be able to achieve fame.
Now, what if this songwriter had a conviction? What if this conviction was a belief in music having the ability to change lives. This person's motive for writing songs now places fame as a potential byproduct of living this conviction out but is no longer a potential distracting motive. This conviction will help the songwriter to focus on their gift of songwriting and not be distracted by any other motives that do not align with their core conviction.
Take some time and ask yourself if what you are doing is being driven by a temporary motive or a deeper rooted conviction. Once you can identify a conviction that can govern your motives, hold on because you will be in for a whole new adventure.
Talk soon & God bless,