This re-commitment I’ve made recently has really re-energized me to not only consider things I haven’t before but motivated me to make those things happen. I’ve become even more aware of this influence on my mindset as I focus more on Personal Leadership Effectiveness™, a concept of governing and leading oneself I’ve been working with for the last five (5) years.
I’ve learned that taking actionisn’t just the effect of motivation, but also the cause of it. Most people only commit to doing something if theyfeel a certain level of motivation, or if it becomes expedient. For example, weonly become motivated to study for an exam because we’re afraid of the consequence, which is failure.
We’ve all lacked motivation at one time or another, especially when we shouldn’t. We feel lethargic and apathetic towards a particular goal because we lack the motivation. We lack the motivation because we don’t feel any driving emotional desire to accomplish something. Often the changes and actions we most need in our lives are inspired by negative emotions, which prevent usfrom taking action. I’ve been there and I’m sure everyone reading this post has been or is there now.
If someone wants to lose weight but experiences shame about their body, then the act of going to the gymisapt to inspire the same emotions that kept them at home on the couch in the first place. Past traumas,negativeexpectations, and feelings of guilt, shame and fear often motivateusaway from the action necessary toovercome those very feelings.
But the thing we all need to know about this Catch 22 cycle is that if we’re not careful, it can become an endlessloop. Being aware of this possibility helps us to change the way we think by recognizing the toxic habits that got us there in the first place and replacing them with new habits embedded in our mindset. In short, if you lack the motivation necessary to make an important change in your life, then do something (anything really) and harness that action into motivating yourself.
The best personal example I can give you is operating my own website and social media platform. I don’thave a boss telling me what to do and I often must take calculated risks that I’mpersonally invested with,both financially and emotionally. I’ve spent hours upon end writing eBooks, re-branding my entire website, re-directing my branding focus to learn how to create attention marketing via email campaigns and moving away from non-productive habits to create new ones in the process. In short, I’m putting myself out there like I’ve never done before because it’s never been my nature to bring attention to myself. Combine all that with not having anyone around topush me, dealing with distractions that can quickly become more appealingoptions, and it becomes a daily challenge to stay on course.
I’ve learned over time that forcing myself to do something, eventhe most menial of tasks, quickly makes the larger tasks seem much easier. Take the website for example. I had to force myself to sit down and just design the header for starters. After the header was finished, I foundmyself movingon to otherparts of the site and before I knew it, I was motivated, energized and engaged in the process. Inevitably, the appropriate motivation occurs at some point or another. The motivation is natural, the inspiration is real and it’s just overall a better way of getting things done.
If you don’t know how to do a problem, start writing something down, your brain will begin to figure it out as you go.
The mere action of doing something inspires new thoughts and ideaswhich lead us to solving the problems we encounter. This never happens if we simply sit aroundjust contemplating doing something.
I’ve never believed in someone being lazy or burned out. They’re either sick or uninspired.
Truth be told, you can surround yourself with all of the motivational resources and experts available, but when it comes right down to it, if it’s to be, it’s up to thee!