Motivation influences our needs, desires and actions. It exists on a spectrum from zero interest to an off-the-charts drive to take action. And it often comes naturally. After all, no one needs an extra nudge to flee a burning building. In lower-stakes scenarios, though, procrastination can take over. Should you initiate that tough conversation or hope things blow over in time? What about hitting the gym now versus starting your new wellness program next week?  “At some point, the pain of not doing it becomes greater than the pain of doing it,” Steven Pressfield wrote in “The War of Art.” Eventually, it feels worse to avoid your angry coworker than it does to take a deep breath and knock on his or her door to hash out the problem.    Success doesn’t necessarily require motivation or ironclad willpower. And you don’t need to wake up before sunrise to drink bulletproof coffee, meditate, journal or do headstands before you can bring great ideas to life. Creating systems and habits can remove a fickle internal drive from the equation. When routines do the heavy lifting, it doesn’t matter if you feel like tackling a task. You simply need to show up and follow throug...