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  1. 1. ==== ====Motivation ====If you think you need to get motivated ... then I am sorry but you are thinking in reverse.Why?Because neither motivation nor inspiration are things that you can get out there, like they arethings you can buy at a supermarket.Does a tree need to get motivated to reach its branches towards the sky?Does a river need to find inspiration to flow down to the sea?They sound like silly questions right?But they are no more silly then the notion that you need to get motivated to be the success youare naturally destined to be.In saying things like, "I need to get motivated" or, "I need to find inspiration" you create aseparation within ... a motivator and a motivatee.Doing this can create an internal scenario where part of your mind becomes the "Task Master",the one with a whip and a drill sergeants bellow, and another part the "Wretched Slob" whoperforms up to standard only to keep the whip off his back. Such internal conflict is destructive toones well-being and is also a major waste of energy.This type of motivation is external and artificial. True motivation and inspiration are internal andcome as naturally as breathing.You see, there are four types of people. The first is the unconscious incompetent. This is theperson that doesnt even know that they dont know. This is the lowest rung in the ladder.The second type of person is the conscious incompetent. This is the person that knows that theydont know, but they still dont know what to do. The model above of "The Task Master" and"Wretched Slob" fits this type of person well. They consciously want to be achieving things buttheir internal incompetencies and personality traits sabotage this desire.The next type of person is the conscious competent. This is the person that knows what to do,and then if they think about it, they can go ahead and do it. Instead of the "Wretched Slob" thisperson might internally be a "Super Star" but they still need "The Task Master" with his whip.
  2. 2. The highest level of person, though, is the unconscious competent. This is the person that has itso ingrained in them as to what to do, that they dont even have to think about it. They justautomatically do it.The unconscious competent does not need any sort of external motivator ... motivation for them isa natural, internal state of being.Chapter 38 of the Tao Te Ching1 begins by saying:One of subtle universal virtueis not conscious of being virtuous,therefore, he is truly virtuous.Applied to motivation, it could be modified to say:One of subtle universal motivationis not conscious of being motivated,therefore, he is truly motivated.Look at young children playing. Do they need conscious motivation to be playfully exuberant? Itis only when social conditionings encroach that this natural exuberance diminishes and we have toresort to artificial motivational systems so that we can do the things that used to come to usnaturally.Heres a personal example, for a long period of time my internal "Task Master" would be alwaystelling me to exercise more because I wasnt as fit and trim as I used to be. I tried all sorts ofprocesses including reward/punishment systems, time management systems, personal trainers,going to the gym and the list goes on.But then in a moment of clarity my inner youth piped up and said, "Hey! Wouldnt it be much easierif you just did something that you really enjoyed?"Thats when I discovered Hacky Sack. For the uninitiated a Hacky Sack is like a little bean bagthat you have to try and keep up in the air with only your feet ... just like the pro soccer plays dowith soccer balls.*** I LOOOVE HACKY SACK! ***Playing Hacky Sack for me isnt exercise at all ... not in the sense of, "OK now I am exercising." Iwent from struggling to exercise once per week to having up to 2 or 3 full-on sessions with theHacky Sack every single day. I grab every chance I can to kick that little sphere of joy up into theair!You see my motivation to exercise went from an external, artificial affair to an unconsciouscompetence state of being. By digging deep within me and discovering that my true nature is veryplayful, exuberant, and youthful I was able to discover automatic motivation to engage inexercise.
  3. 3. I now dont have to get motivated to exercise ... I just get out there and play because I ammotivated from within to do something that I really love doing.And there ... right there ... is the essence of motivation.In the I Ching (the Book of Changes)2 you will find that it is the nature of things for life to be ever-changing, ever in motion, ever motivating into new manifestations. So it can be said thatmotivation is a natural prime mover that keeps life going on its merry course.When viewed in this light motivation can be seen as a core fundamental principle of your verybeing. So if you feel you are suffering from a lack of motivation it basically means you have cutyourself off from your core inner reservoirs. It means that you are not in tune with your truenature.At a basic level this is caused by 2 things:a) You have an internal blocker that is preventing you accessing your inner reservoir ofmotivation. In essence, your inner river of inspiration has been clogged up with a lifetime ofdebris and conditionings.b) Also, a lack of motivation can be the result of engaging in something that is not truly your pathof heart (which is usually caused by having internal blockers).The solution of course is to remove these internal blockers so that you can once again integratewith your limitless reservoirs of natural energy, enthusiasm, and motivation. Unblock the dam andthe river flows again.Until you can tap into your inner source of motivation your attempts to get motivated will onlycreate superficial motivation because as soon as you stop the motivation process you run out ofmotivation. Like when you are cold you put a jacket on to get warm, but when you take the jacketoff you get cold again.What you need to do is to reach the stage of being unconsciously competent, or unconsciouslymotivated. Motivation needs to be so much a part of your being that you dont even realize thatyou are being motivated.You see that is the secret to motivation ... it is not about how to get motivated ......but how to be motivation.Because the truth is that you already are motivation. You just need to clear away the debris andlet your natural motivation and inspiration flow forth.endsReferences:1 Ni, Hua Ching (2003) The Complete Works of Lao Tzu. LA: SevenStar Communications Group,
  4. 4. Inc.2 Ni, Hua Ching (2002) I Ching, The Book of Changes and The Unchanging Truth. LA: SevenStarCommunications Group, IncStuart Shaw is a recognized motivational speaker and poet. His web site,[], provides a wealth of inspirational articles, poems and resourceson everything youll ever need to know about motivation and personal success.Article Source: ====Motivation ====