October 22, 2009

About moitivation

There will always be times in your life when you have to do things that are unpleasant. It could be working with a co-worker you don't like, going to work on Mondays, taking the garbage out, driving to meet the in-laws at the airport, having dinner with the spouse's friends... Doing these things just sucks whatever motivation you have inside you. There are also things inside you that actually make it even more difficult to feel excited and enthusiastic?  Get to learn the factors that make you hard to motivate:

Your mindset
Your mindset is a major factor that can make you hard for you to get motivated.  This is because it can severely cloud your understanding of the world and all experiences in general.  Your mindset can sometimes be composed of growth-inhibiting beliefs, prejudices, biases and standards.

For example, if you refuse to believe that you can actually write for a city newspaper because you're a person from a small town, you'll miss out on an opportunity to expose your talent and reap its rewards.

Your comfort zone
We all have limitations in our minds, these are things we decide on based on our own personal beliefs, ethics and standards.  Within these limits, we feel comfortable in and can pretty much do as we like.

When that zone is disrupted, we begin to feel discomfort, shyness, embarrassment or annoyance.  We do not wish to go further because we do not like what we don't know or haven't experienced.  Because we have a fear of the unknown, we'd rather stay within our comfort zones because we feel safe there.

The problem is that a narrow comfort zone can hinder you motivations.  Each time you are presented with a new idea or experience, you check to see if it fits into your comfort zone.  If it doesn’t, then you simply refuse, no questions asked.  This is unfortunate because many of these ideas and experiences can be good for you.  But you'll probably never know because you don't have the motivation to try them.

Your background has a lot to do with how you decide things in your life. If these experiences are negative, they tend to make you more hesitant and unsure of yourself because they affect your self-esteem and confidence, which can affect your motivation.

If you've only been met with rejection or ridicule in your life, it's no wonder you don't feel a strong need to excel or to improve yourself.  You'll probably be thinking – 'So what?  Nothing I ever did was good anyway.  Why would things change now?'

Unless you consciously make an effort to identify past experiences and refuse to let them rule your life, you will always have a problem with motivation.

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