Today I will talk about motivation. Motivation is a difficult player, sometimes it is and sometimes it is not there. But what is the motivation? Steven Pressfield presented it perfectly in his book The War of Art. Motivation is when the pain of not doing something is greater than the pain of doing it. Well, there is something in it. It is often that when you reach a wall, you find that you can not take it anymore and take action to change.
According to Newton’s first rule, the object in motion remains in motion. Therefore, it is often easier to finish something than to start. Before you start, doubts and fears in your head effectively stop your actions. However, if you ignore them for a moment and start moving forward step by step, then it somehow goes and you achieve your goal.
Therefore, apart from your goal, in which you believe and what is important for you, it is good to work out some simple rituals that will make your work automatic and help you keep moving even with during the decrease of motivation. For example, I dance on a mat every day. I like it, but sometimes I just do not want to. However, if only I can convince myself to go pour water into two cups, spread the mat and turn Stepmania on, the rest the rest is done automatically. Because these ritual activities are simple and do not require practically any type of decision: exercise or not, so any discomfort lasts only a moment, and the conscious mind will not know what’s going on when I already dance on the mat and I’m happy. I also have my rituals for recording movies for you or writing posts. The idea is to simplify and automate the start of main action. When you do not have rituals, you can only count on getting up in the morning thinking, “I hope that today I will be motivated to act.” Rituals, on the other hand, cause that you start action regardless of the motivation. The motivation appears, when you see an approaching goal, curiosity and the end effect are activated.
Sometimes it is difficult to start, but it is always worth to finish.
How to improve your motivation. The tasks that you set yourself can not be too easy, because then you will get bored quickly or too difficult, because then you will be discouraged. They should be on limit of availability for you. They should be a challenge, but it can be done by you. Of course, different thinks are possible or impossible to do for everyone. That’s why tasks should be chosen individually, so that you feel you can do it. Then the ambition will drive you forward.
We achieve the peak motivation in the so-called flow, that is, when the task is so absorbing for you, that you forget about God’s world. I am in flow during artistic challenges and embroidering pictures. Musicians are usually in flow when creating or performing songs. A great seller can enter this state during negotiations with the client. For everyone, it can be something different. Usually, the flow state is related to something you love to do, or what you spend a lot of time on. My mum always said that if you put enough effort and time in something, you would like it.
The decrease of motivation often occurs, when we start to listen to our thoughts too much. As a rule, I do not allow my thoughts open a spiral of doubt up, and as soon as I notice that they want to break and discourage me from acting, I calm down by meditating. After that I am able to treat my thoughts as suggestions, not orders. Then you can choose what you want to do. Postpone action until tomorrow and feel the temporary relief of rest, or overcome fatigue or temporary reluctance, do something to the end and have a long-term satisfaction.
Try always to close conversation in your head before itdiscourages you. Maintaining motivation is definitely easier than resuscitating it.
Write in the comment, how do you deal with the decrease of motivation in the form of “I do not want to” or “What if …”.