Motivation is literally the desire to do things. Motivations is waking up before dawn to get your shit done first before you hit the pavement to do someone else’s work. Motivation is to say no to lazing around the house all day. It’s the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be.