WISDOM – The motivation quest

Motivation is the most valuable currency

Internet is full of motivational videos: business, health, knowledge… you name it, achievers are all over the place. Yet, it’s somehow strange that with such an amount of motivational wisdom out there, some of us still fall short on their health, relationship or money goals.

Don’t get me wrong, not blaming any motivational material consumer, but trying to understand the paradox.

Are we really lacking of ressources? Are we lacking of strategy? Let’s take the example of fitness: how difficult can it be for someone to have access to a relevant fitness program? Answer is simple: none, just Google it you will have thousands of FREE programs, some of them by the best in the world without any equipment needed (hence no money needed, not even access to a gym). So why is it that we so often hear people complaining that they don’t manage to keep up with their fitness goals?

This is all to do with motivation: people simple don’t want it bad enough. They are not ready to commit to the idea of doing what it takes to achieve this goal.

Let me introduce you to Dan Lock, an interesting motivational speaker that probably puts it better than me:

What Dan says might remind you of some of Tony Robbin’s speachs on “ressourcefulness”, that the same concept. According to this theory, in most cases, people tend to quit because of lack of apparent ressources yet it often proves that ressources were not the real cause. Individual tend to stop too early, while style learning, as the ongoing process is painful and unrewarding, Of course we can always find means to ease the process (think gamification for a moment) yet the ugly truth is that the process of marking hurts – and keep hurting.

Let’s spice up things. Say that you now live in a world without social media or smartphone. This means a world with only a remonte amount of distractions compared to what you may experience today. Then people are more likely to commit emotionally to that things that matter for them such as family, academics or their job. And the reason would be simple, most of the days would be boring otherwise. Now let’s get back to real world: today’s absence of action (or procrastination as often labeled) is in fact a very confortable state. If you have not seen it, please take a moment to watch this video from Simon Sinek on millennials. Pay attention to the connection between addictive substance such as drugs or alcool, and the physiological effects of our own smartphones.

My point is, motivation is already so difficult to build up, and yet we have to face so many distractions that have proven highly addictive effects.

How you can build a motivation scheme

The only point of this post is to encourage you to build your own motivation scheme to ensure you step and stay on your own path. I was fortunate enough to find my path early on – at least relatively compare to what I can see around me – so take this as a piece of experience (it does not mean it can work for everyone).

  1. Define what you want to achieve
  2. Make it your priority – read the article here
  3. Until this priority becomes a habit
  4. Assess and correct, regularly

With such a simple scheme – accessible to anyone and adaptive to any situation (business target, relationship, sports…) you own your key to your motivation. Make sure you use it correctly!

Please let me know your thoughts!

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