Many people want to know the “Secret” to having unlimited MOTIVATION…
Some people think it’s a ‘genetic’ thing, or a personality thing, or an IQ-related thing… and it’s possible that those could play a part in this equation, but none of them are the definitive answer…
Here’s a Truth About Motivation – and for Many, This Is “The Answer”
The true secret to “motivation” lies within the definition of the word itself.
The primary definition of motivation reads as; “the reason or reasons (intrinsic and/or extrinsic) one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.”
So, when we consider the literal definition – we realize that motivation isn’t this ambiguous thing that some people have more, or less, of.
When we think about the common excuse of not exercising and/or eating properly, we hear that common complaint of; “I just don’t have enough motivation.”
When people say that – they are pinning their lazy, unhealthy ways on this supposed lack of some internal trait or characteristic that other people who are staying on the healthy path, seem to have more of.
And that’s where the falsehood lies…
Motivation is not something in and of itself that certain people have more of and others have less of. No, rather it is a reason, or multiple reasons, that fuel a person’s desire to take certain actions, aimed at achieving specific outcomes or goals – and/or avoiding other outcomes, or consequences.
So, to use myself as an example… Some of my motivations for exercising daily and eating well are:
1 – I want to slow-down the aging process (actually reverse it in some regards)
2 – I want to prevent diseases (fatty liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc…)
3 – I want to have lots of energy and full physical functionality (I don’t wan’t to lose my independence in my later years)
4 – I want to set a good example for my kids and other people around me
5 – I want to be my best in all aspects of life (the best me allows the others around me to experience a better life as well)
6 – I want to make a positive impact on the world by showing how to live a simple, fitness-focused lifestyle that anyone can do…
Those are just some of my motivations (there are more)…
But they clearly illustrate and clarify what “motivation” actually is and that motivation can be developed, increased and strengthened simply by listing what is important to you in life, what you value the most in your life, when you consider all the people in your life, and your responsibilities to those people – starting with YOU first.
You’ve just discovered that you have “unlimited motivation” waiting to be unleashed. Just list your reasons, keep them handy – and let them become your constant reminder of your “why”.
And when you find yourself falsely thinking; “I’m not feeling that motivated…” REMEMBER, motivation is not a feeling – it’s a reason, or reasons, why you are choosing to take certain actions.
Lack of motivation is no longer a viable excuse. It can now be one of your new Super-Powers, because you actually understand what the word means.
Don’t forget to share this with your friends, family members and co-workers who might be falsely “lacking motivation”.
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