Posted January 18, 2021 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: The Light at the End of the Tunnel
The light at the end of the tunnel is a great way to understand the internal motivation that drives achievement. Find out more, coming up next.
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Hello, and welcome to The Perna Syndicate! Today I want to kick off the week with one of the most important motivational strategies in my life and work. I call it, “the light at the end of the tunnel.” Now, I know what you’re thinking, usually that light represents death! But stick with me for a minute; I want to share another way to view this idea.
When used as a motivational strategy, the light represents the goal, the thing you are trying to reach. It’s your reward, your purpose, and your entire reason for going through the tunnel. And what’s the tunnel? It’s whatever you have to go through, whatever you have to do, in order to reach your light.
It’s a known psychological fact that we all achieve more when we can keep our goals in view. Achievement is motivated by what it does for us.
The light at the end of the tunnel is individual for every person. There is no one-size-fits-all light. What motivates and moves me toward the light may be very different from what motivates and moves you, and that’s okay. In fact, it’s the power of this strategy. The light at the end of the tunnel creates internal motivation. Instead of some outside force pushing us to achieve, we work harder toward our goal because it’s somewhere WE want to go.
When we can uncover the things that matter most to us, and formulate a plan for getting through the tunnel into that light, we’ve just taken the first step toward our goal.
This week, we’re going to dive deeper into this strategy and see how it applies to our lives and those of young people, both in their education and in their career. We’ll see you back here tomorrow at the Syndicate!