"I can't" really means "I choose not to". "I can't get up at 3 am and take you to the airport" really means "I choose not to take you to the airport because I value my sleep more than helping you". We truly know when we value something when we choose to do it. We value sleeping or eating or hanging out with friends or money. We will give up doing homework and working out or helping others in order to sleep or eat or hang out with friends because we place different value on certain things. If someone pays you money, most people would do more homework or workout more or help others more. The money puts more value on less valuable activities. Our problem with motivation is that we don't place enough value on the things that truly have value. We tend to value easy and fun and recent. We fail to place value in hard or difficult or meaningful or long term beneficial things. Entitled people are not lazy. Entitled people simply do not see the value in long term, difficult or meaningful endeavors. In order to reach our goals and our full potential, we need to add value to those things in our life that should have more value in our lives. Putting money in an investment doesn't sound fun but when that investment doubles or triples or quadruples over time without you doing anything but making the initial investment and waiting, then investing money is both valuable and fun. When we sacrifice time and FOMO and peer pressure and selfish desires and comfort in order to reach our goals and full potential, that investment also pays off. What will you add value to today so that you will be motivated more to do what you should be doing?
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