Do you have motivation to complete a task? What does motivation mean to you? Is it an emotional feeling?
Is motivation an emotion or a mindset?
When experiencing emotions or strong motivation, we feel the experience. An emotion is a mental and physiological feeling state that directs our attention and guides our behavior. Motivation is closely related to emotion. The definition of motivation is “a driving force that initiates and directs behavior.” Good or bad.
Questions you may have about motivation
How do you motivate yourself to get work done after trying many things and failing over and over again? (via @ankit_patel)
Motivation is first just about taking that first step — just getting excited about something enough to get started. Then it’s about focusing on enjoying what you’re doing, right now, instead of worrying about how you’re going to get to a destination.
You also need to forget about your failures, or at least the part of them that gets you discouraged. Take away from your failures a lesson about what obstacles stand in your way, and leave behind any bad feelings. Those are in the past. Focus on right now, and how fun the activity is, right now.
Why do we willfully and consciously engage in self-destructive habits while ignoring our better judgment? (via @ajdigitalfocus)
I don’t think this has been fully answered, but in my view it’s that we don’t rationally weigh the risks vs. costs.
When we smoke, we think it’s too hard to quit, too painful over the few weeks it takes to quit (cost), but it’s not properly weighed against the risks of not quitting (major illnesses, suffering for years, early death, incredible expenses for cigarettes and hospitalization, etc.).
The same is true of unhealthy eating — not eating the junk food is too hard, but the risk of eating it is obesity, health problems, self-esteem issues, high medical bills, gym costs if we want to get back into shape, years of suffering, etc.
The pain of quitting is now, while the pain of continuing is much later, and so it doesn’t seem too bad. So the answer is to replace the bad habit with a good habit that you enjoy immensely, and focus on that enjoyment, right now, rather than the pain. This can be hard to do but it can be done.
How can I become a “Morning Person”? I feel it’s a key to success. (via @DonSchenck)
While I intentionally became an early riser, and I love it, it’s not really a key to success. It’s one way to find the time to pursue your dreams, and it’s the way I chose, but I know night owls who find they’re much more productive in the middle of the night. Find what works best for you.
But to answer your question: do it slowly, five minutes earlier each morning, and do something enjoyable with your extra time. Focus on how wonderful the time of day is, how enjoyable the activity, and not how much you’re suffering because it’s too damn early. You’ll learn to love it, and you’ll adjust over time.
If for a moment you start to feel overwhelmed by the complexities of life, how do you simplify to get where you want to be? (via @TroyAustria)
Take a deep breath, and let all the chaos and frustration flow out of you. Focus not all all the things you need to do, or that are coming up, or that have happened, but on what you’re doing right now. And just focus on doing one thing, right now.
I would take a walk, get some fresh air, and get some perspective. Try to think about what’s most important to you, what your perfect life would be like, what your perfect day would look like.
Then, one small step at a time, start making it happen. What’s standing in the way? What can you change right now? What can you change tomorrow? What long-term changes can you start making?
Declutter the area around you, a little at a time (or all at once, if you can find the free time and energy). Cut back on how much you’re doing, which will mean telling people who expect things of you that you just can’t do those things, because you have too much on your plate.
What’s the habit requiring the least effort that makes the greatest difference? (via @kofisarfo)
This will sound trite, but I’d say positive thinking. It’s not the easiest habit, as it requires that you start listening to your self-talk, and start telling yourself positive things instead of negative ones.
How to minimize tension/frustration with others who are less organized than you are! (via @originalmuggle)
It’s a matter of only worrying about what you can control, and accepting that which you can’t. You can’t control others or their organization level, so don’t even try to.
This is actually a deeper issue of control for many organized people — they want to control everything in the world around them (and for a long time I was one of them), but it’s impossible, and it only leads to stress and frustration and conflicts. Instead, learn to embrace a degree of chaos, accept that the world is out of your control, and love it. The world is a wonderfully unpredictable, wild, and beautiful place.
To learn to let go, every time you find yourself frustrated, stop, and breathe. Let the frustration flow out of you, and let peace come in. Remind yourself that you don’t have to control, and love others for their humanness. It takes time, but you can learn. Breather in Breath out.
How do you stay motivated in business when you have never done something before & the results won’t show up until down the road? (via @darinpersinger)
Learn to love the process, and don’t let your happiness be so dependent on the outcome. Be passionate about the actual things you do, do them because you love it, and you’ll stick with it. The great things that result will be a natural by-product.
Here is a list of motivational questions to ask yourself:
Why do I want to achieve my goals?
Considering why you want to achieve your goals identifies your primary values. This also identifies your priorities and motivators. You can then discuss the reasoning behind these values.
How can I achieve my goal?
You may find it beneficial to separate large goals into smaller tasks and responsibilities. This ensures your goals are manageable and increases motivation because you accomplish small tasks more quickly. This also allows you to monitor your progress more efficiently. Make a ist of your goals and cross off each one that you finish.
What happens if I’m not motivated?
If you lack motivation, it may be useful to identify the consequences of not feeling motivated. By understanding how a lack of motivation impacts your professional life, you can work toward overcoming obstacles. Bottom line is to goaftersomething that your passionate about.
Inspiring Questions That Make You Think About Your Life
What makes successful people resilient and persistent in achieving their goals and desires?
The more questions you ask yourself, the more you learn about yourself. It keeps you curious and grateful for life and its challenges. Your innate drive to question yourself and find answers will keep you on the path to self-growth and let you take motivated efforts to accomplish your goals.
What are the things that you do but don’t like doing?
What are the things you like to do but haven’t been doing?
How often do you zone out?
What are the things you are proud of?
What are the things that make you feel scared?
What makes you happy?
Conclusion Go after what you are passionate about!