In this 3 part article we will take a look at motivation.
- What is motivation?
- What are the 2 kinds of motivation?
- How can you use this information to help you to become more motivated?
After you have followed all 3 parts you will understand how to choose the correct form of motivation for you and how to apply it.
This first part gives you enough background information to set those mental wheels in motion. Part 2 will follow next Friday and if you’re not already subscribed to my mailing list, why not fill in the subscription form below and be notified when the next part is available?
What is motivation?
In it’s simplest terms motivation is a feeling. You either feel like doing something or you don’t.
Motivation is not a general thing, it’s very important to know exactly what you want to be motivated to do.
As an example, being motivated to get fit is a very broad area. The first thing to do would be to set a goal and break it down into small steps. We will look more at goal setting in a future article but for now just think about being motivated to do the next thing. In this case it might be “I want to be motivated to put on my trainers and go running on Monday morning and I will run/walk for at least 5 minutes.”
Notice how specific that is and how breaking it down into bite sized chunks makes it more believable. Already the motivation level would likely increase just from taking this step.
Why Focusing on What you Want Doesn’t Work
What happens when you know your next step, to go running for 5 minutes, and you don’t do it?
Many goal setting books and motivational speakers tell us to focus on what it is that we want. Possibly the most common phrase that you will hear any motivational speakers use is “don’t tell me what you don’t want, tell me what you DO want.”
If you’ve tried this you may have found that it doesn’t work. It does in some situations of course, and for some people more than others, but why not all of the time and for everybody?
Very simply, the logic is flawed even though it sounds very plausible. It is a great soundbite to wheel out in a seminar but it misses the point in more than one respect.
Firstly it is a generalization and assumes that we are motivated in the same way. That’s simply not true. Some people are motivated by money, some are not. Some people are motivated to do a good job while others want to get the job done as quickly as possible.
Secondly it treats ‘what you don’t want’ and ‘what you do want’ as two separate things and labels them good an bad. Things are rarely that simple.
In the second part of this article we will look in more detail about motivation. What are the two kinds of motivation and which one is the correct one for you right now?
In the meantime, spend some time thinking about something that you were very motivated to do (and did!) and something that you wanted to do but never did quite find the motivation for. What was different?
This is a very important step and actually doing this will make the difference between this being an interesting way to spend 5 minutes and something that will actually get you out of procrastination mode and into doing mode.
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