Why Motivation Does Not Work
Before I get into why motivation does not work, let me first tell you a story…
3 years ago, I watched a video.
After watching it, I was touched and happy at the same time.
I felt it was such a nice feeling if everyone in the world can live in peace and harmony – no wars, crime, or anything like that – just us humans getting to know and respect each other from different parts of the world with different cultures and beliefs.
Now, 3 years later, I still am touched and elated after watching this video again.
What are your feelings and thoughts NOW after watching the video? Please immediately post them NOW as a comment right below this post. Don’t wait until you’ve finished the rest of this post before leaving your thoughts.
Do it NOW, as I really would like to know what you think about the video…
Why I’m Sharing This Video
Okay, now that you’ve posted your thoughts, let me tell you why I’m sharing this video with you. The reason is because I want you to be inspired and motivated.
Why? And didn’t you just said that motivation does not work?
Because if you’re not inspired or motivated, you’d simply goof off and become lazy. You’re not going to step out of your comfort zone – which means that you’re doing what the majority of people in this world do – feel comfortable and content in their comfort zone – which, in most cases, are “poor” zones to be in.
Don’t get me wrong though – these people want to get out of their zone, but they just don’t have enough enthusiasm and motivation to do so. The comfort of staying where they are (current situation) outweighs the benefits they are going to enjoy (future situation) if they step out of their zone.
And because most people want instant gratification (albeit short-term) instead of delayed gratification (albeit long-term), they just give up and keep staying where they are – on their comfortable couch. Ouch!!!
Even though they know that outside of their comfort zone, there is a much more attractive zone – the “winners” zone as I like to call it – they still insist in taking the instant gratification route, at the expense of their long-term future.
Sad but true.
Simple, Actionable Tip
But for those who want to sacrifice their short-term misery and go for that long-term happiness and joy, let me give you a simple tip today. It’s really simple.
And here’s why earlier I said motivation does not work:
The reason why most people who go to motivational seminars or a listen inspirational mp3 recordings eventually go back to their old “habitat” – meaning they are only motivated during the seminar and a few days after that, then go back to their old self – is because they are not inspired and motivated on a DAILY basis.
This is why motivation does not work if you’re motivated only once in a while. For motivation to work, you need it on a DAILY basis.
The Power Of Repetition
There’s a saying “Practice makes perfect”.
If you want to achieve something, you NEED to be constantly reminded (as in on a DAILY basis) that you want to achieve that something. If not, your brain will totally forget about it and eventually this “something” does not even exist in your brain anymore.
There are too much distractions and interruptions going on in our everyday lives. Work issues. Family issues. Money issues. Relationship issues. Etc. Your brain is constantly bombarded with these things, which is why you need to remind yourself EVERY SINGLE DAY what you want to achieve.
Repetitive reminders to your brain that you’re trying to achieve X, Y, and Z is a very powerful exercise that you MUST practice daily. This will allow you to stay on the right track to achieving your goals, instead of veering off-course (which most people do, both consciously and unconsciously).
The Power Of Focus
Focus leads to clarity, which our brain absolutely loves. Clarity means you know exactly what you want. Instead of saying “I want to earn a lot of money”, you say “I want to earn $100,000 per month in net profits by December 2012″.
The second example is much clearer and specific. The more specific and clearer you get, the better your brain will find ways to achieving it. Think about it. “A lot of money” is very vague. How much is a lot of money? $1,000? $10,000? $100,000? $1,000,000?
When you really focus on what you want, your brain will find ways to focus on the most important tasks that you need to do in order to achieve your goals. You then focus in doing these important tasks and ignore the rest.
Less is more.
Busy Doesn’t Mean Productive; Lazy Also Doesn’t Mean Unproductive
Sometime ago, I’ve written a post about how to be more productive. Go and read that post (even if you’ve already read that, read it again – remember what I said about repetition). It will help you to become more focused and find more clarity in your everyday life.
Remember, remind yourself DAILY what your goals are. Don’t simply think about your goals. Write them down. Say them out loud. This will force you to give deeper and more meaningful thoughts about your goals, and hence provide your brain with clearer and more specific goals.
Again, DAILY is the keyword here. If you haven’t posted your thoughts about the video above, please do so now below…