Published on July 8th, 2017 | by Jonas A.
Secrets to Limitless Motivation
In life we need energy to live, to exist and to do things with our life and with others. Sometimes we can miss life through talking ourselves out of it. Just like this:
– It’s just too much effort, I’m tired
– I just can’t be bothered
– Sure, one of these days …
– It’s not worth it, who cares
– Yes, I know that I should, but …
Sound familiar? If this is you, and you are saying this to yourself and or to others, you are lacking one of the key ingredients in the recipe of life, MOTIVATION:
MOTIVATION; the psychological feature that arouses an individual to action toward a wanted goal; the reason for the action
We can define motivation but does that help? What is this thing called ‘motivation’?
What drives motivation? Further, how does motivation drive us toward what we want, need or believe? The answer brings us to secret No. 3, ’em otions are the fuel of motivation’ and ultimately are what drive us!
E-motion, as we look more closely at this word we can see its structure.
As we can define our emotions into these three simple types, then what does that also say about our energy? Well, we can make the same distinctions for our types of energy; positive, negative and neutral energy. This leads us to Secret No. 4 ‘People are motivated and can motivate themselves using these 3 different types of energy’ so can you!
If that is the case, then what is motivation, how can we be motivated and more importantly how can we motivate ourselves? Would you like unlimited motivation, does this interest you? Read on because that is the design of this article if so.
It means there is no point looking to another to provide motivation for us; in fact it is impossible for another person to motivate us, only we can decide what is or is not motivational to us. Secret No. 2 to motivation is ‘we are responsible for the amount of motivation we have’. Can you start to sense the power you have over yourself when you take responsibility for you?
‘ E-nergy in motion’;( e motion). Our emotions are our energy. Typically we can put emotions’ into three distinctive categories:
The first secret to share here is Secret No. 1 ‘motivation is not a thing’ it is not a noun. You will never trip over motivation that someone has left in the bathroom, nor will you find a chunk of it in the fridge!
The affect of positive emotion often gives us the energy to move toward what we need or want, we somehow feel pulled or drawn (motivated). As we experience neutral emotions we can ‘take it or leave it’ and with negative emotions we experience discomfort, a form of pain and we (are motivated) try to get or move away from the cause of such. We can represent this with a diagram:
The Axis of Motivation
Whether we move away from the pain and consequences or toward the good feelings or outcomes in our life, both create energy that we put into motion to do something. This is motivation. Now what this gives us is a strategy for developing unlimited motivation for anything we want to have or do in life.
Typically, human beings have a preference to which end of the motivational axis they get or motivate motivated by. We can ask ourselves some questions to identify our own preference for getting motivated. Ask yourself the following questions and notice if you are motivated toward what you want or away from what you don’t want:
How many ‘towards’ or ‘away from’ did you identify with? Most people will find themselves using motivation at just one end of the axis, either mainly toward or mainly away from.
This secret is the one that brings all the other secrets together and will show you how to get unlimited amounts of motivation for the rest of your life! Secret No. 5 says ‘Combine both away from and toward energies at the same time and you will create a personal motivation that propels you into action’! By becoming aware of the other energy available to you, at the other end of the motivation axis you can ramp up the emotional motivation to get you to take action, to feel motivated and finally in control of you!
I take my medicine regularly;.
1. Because I want to be well and live life as fully as I can (toward).
2. If I don’t I will become ill or possibly die (away from), because.
I do things;.
1. Because I can.
2. Because I have to.
I get out of bed in the morning;
1. Because I have to (away from).
2. Because I want to start the day (toward).
The Unlimited Amounts of Motivation Pattern.
When asked I will go out and socialise with others;.
1. Because I like to be and meet with other people (toward).
2. Because it is rude not too and I don’t want to upset anyone (away from).
I understand that regular exercise is healthy for you;.
1. Because I want to get the health benefits from it (toward), and I exercise.
2. Because if I don’t my health may get worse (away from), and I exercise.
I keep my home tidy;.
1. Because I like it like that (toward).
2. Or someone unexpected may come round (away from) because I get moaned at if I don’t.
Either now or later, take 5 minutes to take yourself through the unlimited motivation pattern below. These x simple questions can be applied to anything that you need more motivation for, any time, anywhere. After you have used this pattern a couple of times you will be motivating yourself and possibly other like an expert!
Now that you have this understanding on how YOU are typically motivated, we can move to Secret No. 5.
1. Identify something in your life you want to have or be more motivated about (This can be anything, getting out more, going to the gym, or doing the housework, anything …).
2. Write it down so you don’t forget what you are working on once you have identified something.
Notice your current motivation style associated with this activity, are you motivated away from or toward? If you are away from read and ask yourself part A, if you are toward, read and ask yourself part B.
Once you have taken the action or started the activity, to add even more energy to your motivation notice what you will get that is pleasurable or good. Notice how good it feels and how good it will feel when you have completed this activity … So as you experience all of this about that activity, notice just how much energy you have for taking the step to be doing it … Go do it then!
Part A, You are moving away from the pain or consequences, but you can put up with it for awhile.
It could be the start of procrastinating on other important and meaningful things in life, you wouldn’t want that to be true would you? Be with this awareness, notice the heightened pleasure and possible pain if you don’t act on this as soon as you can … Just now, notice HOW much energy and motivation you know have for this … Get on with it then!