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How to Develop the Drive to Take Action in Your Life

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We become complacent in life all too easily. Things get comfortable.  Or are too hard.  So we just sit still and let life be in control of us. Well, this is bad news for anyone who wants to accomplish anything in life. If you want to get somewhere, then you need to develop a “drive” to do so.

Discipline is lacking severely nowadays as we have everything right in front of us. Often we’d prefer to let life take over but this isn’t realistic. Develop the drive to take action…


Motivational quote by Conrad Hilton: Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes but they don't quit.


What is Drive?

Drive is the urge to satisfy a need and/or a goal. Without it, we probably wouldn’t be as developed of civilization as we are. So why do we need “drive”? Well, it’s simple… motivation does not stick around for long, most of the time, and we’re stuck deciding whether to give up or not. This is where having the drive to keep going comes in.

If you can develop the drive to relentlessly pursue your goals, then you’re in good shape. Drive becomes ingrained within us and will remain until you lose interest.


“If you have discipline, drive, and determination, nothing is impossible.” -Dana Linn Bailey


How Do We Develop Drive?

A strong drive can be developed by essentially anything. A life experience is usually the driver and what happens is we develop an urge to tackle something head-on. It’s almost as if we have something to prove to ourselves and often times others as well.

Pick a passion and try to achieve it. This causes momentum, and we often make headway when progress is made. There’s no one method to create drive within oneself.

We don’t necessarily develop a drive without being introduced to some aspect of life. Of course, we are innately driven to survive and this could be a factor as well. But you must choose your path and no one can do it for you.

Don’t make the mistake of procrastinating because life waits for no one.


Woman at the top of the mountain reaching her goals. Are you struggling with motivation? Boost your drive instead with these strategies!


What’s the best way to create drive?

  • Wake up early and work toward your goals.
  • Practice gratitude daily.
  • Experiment with different goals.
  • Get a mentor
  • Celebrate wins daily.


Wake up early and work toward your goals.

Getting up early in the morning sets the tone for the day. We know there is something to work on when we rise with a plan, and this is a great habit to develop.

Practice gratitude daily.

When it comes to any goal we want instant success, but that isn’t realistic. It takes time and consistent daily effort to see success. When you can feel grateful for what you have now, you will feel less frustration about what isn’t an instant success. I wake up each morning and think of 3 things I am grateful for and write them down in my journal. This starts my day on a positive. Try it and let me know how it goes. Need a journal? Check out my Top Favorite Journals HERE.

Experiment with different goals.

Experimenting with different goals is a part of life and it can really help when looking for a passion. There is something you have always dreamed of doing or achieving. Something you likely feel is right out of your reach. The impossible is only impossible if you do not take action to move forward. The saying goes, once in motions, always in motion, or something close.

But the truth is, a ball will not roll until you move it forward. So get out there and start experimenting!  There are literally millions of ideas waiting to be tried.

Get a mentor

If you want to become a better golfer you hire a golf pro.  If you want to become a better singer you hire a voice tutor. We think nothing of paying someone to teach us how to do what we want to do better.  That includes everything from cooking, writing, or a professional trainer to help us sculpt our body.

Of course, we can attempt to teach ourselves through books, videos and lots of practice.  But most of the time if we’re serious about furthering a need or talent we must seek professional assistance.

Having a mentor or someone you look up to for inspiration can change your whole life. She can help you set personal goals, get you started,  and explain what to do next.

I offer three different types of mentorship programs. Check each one of them out below:

Mompreneur mentorship
Weight Loss Coaching
Holistic Wellness mentorship 

Celebrate wins daily. 

This is something else I do each day. As part of my before bed routine, I sit down and think of 3 things that I “won” at today. These can be practically anything! Maybe you got through the day without yelling at the kids, drank 8 glasses of water, and are going to bed 15 minutes early. I write these down in my journal. It allows me to drift off to sleep with a positive mindset.

Green door with green vines growing on both sides. If Opportunity doesn't knock build a door.

Are You Driven?

This is an important question… do you have the drive and determination to achieve your goals? If so comment below and let me know what passion you are driven towards.

If you answered no, then it’s time to get busy. Many people go through life and never develop a passion for anything. If you don’t, do you want it? If so, I hope the tips I shared today will get you started.

It’s unfortunate that everyone knows what drive means. Complacency and mediocrity are all too common in our society and it’s really up to you to develop a level of “drive”. Sleeping in won’t do it for you and neither will following others. This is what sets everyone apart from each other. However, you can’t blame everyone who lacks drive but you can surely encourage them. We all need to work together to encourage taking action because we all have it in us.

16 Responses to How to Develop the Drive to Take Action in Your Life

  1. Kelly says:

    So much YES to this post!! Really valuable and just the words that I needed to read today. Thank you xx

  2. These are great tips! I love ending my day by figuring out my “wins.” No matter how small 🙂

  3. Maria says:

    Great advice! I tell myself often to strive for completing projects and tasks over perfection. This helps me move and take action instead of filling my head with self-doubt.

  4. Diana says:

    I’m pretty good at getting stuff done. I usually pick 1 goal for the day, do it, and then if I have time set another. I find this doesn’t overwhelm me. Of course, I have my lazy days as well where I don’t want to do anything lol

  5. These are all wonderful tips for developing the drive to achieve your goals. I absolutely love that quote: If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!

    1. Shannah Holt says:

      Thanks for your feedback!

  6. Madi Rowan says:

    I almost want to say drive is just something that you have or you don’t. You did provide some awesome tips for developing it though, but it takes real commitment! I think practicing gratitude is a great place to start!

    -Madi xo |

    1. Shannah Holt says:

      Yes, I agree gratitude really helps!

  7. I really love the idea of celebrating your wins! It keeps you motivated and keeps you feel your momentum!

    1. Shannah Holt says:

      Yes, it does! It helps you keep a positive mindset in the midst of struggle.

  8. Stine Mari says:

    I love the idea of starting and ending your days on a positive note! Great article.

    1. Shannah Holt says:

      Thank you! I know my whole mindset has changed from doing that.

  9. Leah Ashley says:

    Love this post great tips!! I do almost everything just need to find a mentor or coach!

    1. Shannah Holt says:

      You are definitely on the road to having success!

  10. kara says:

    This is just what i needed! Thanks for the extra push!