==== ====Motivationhttp://www.thespecialkclub.com==== ====Motivation (a few definitions):(1) A psychological concept with no single universally accepted definition, but which organisationalsociologists believe concerns the determinants of intent, effort and tenacity, factors that push orpull us as individuals to behave in a particular manner.(2) Feelings that drive someone toward a particular objective.(3) The push of the mental forces to accomplish an action. Unsatisfied needs motivate. On thebiological level basic human needs of food, shelter and survival are powerful motivators. On thepsychological level people need to be understood, affirmed, validated and appreciated. On thebusiness level motivation occurs when people perceive a clear business reason for pursuing atransfer of knowledge or practices.If you look up the word Motivation youll find many contrasting, and almost contradictory definitionsof what it is (I found over fifty in five minutes).It seems that even those who define it arent exactly sure what it is.It is definitely (in my opinion anyway) the most over-used (and mis-understood) word on thepersonal development landscape.We all kinda know what it is... but at the same time, we dont.It seems that motivation is (represented by) different things for different people.I just asked someone (a random person in the gym) what their definition of motivation was andthey said, "something which makes us do stuff".I said "well fear can make us do stuff... so is fear motivation?""Er yeh, guess so.""Well vanity makes us do stuff... so what about vanity as a motivator?""Yeh.. guess so.""Food, sex?""Spose."The reality is that we are motivated by many things.
Different things.And the same things.But what were talking about in this post is the motivation that helps us create that forever change,that amazing life, that incredible body, that spectacular relationship, that new and improvedreality... not the motivation that sees us standing in front of the fridge an hour after our dinner.For many people, motivation is an emotional state which helps them get certain things done (for awhile)."I felt motivated to go for a run this morning.""That experience gave me the motivation (changed my thinking and emotional state) to create newhabits.""Whenever I read Craigs amazing, incredible, insightful, clever, witty, life-changing posts (okay, Iover did it), I feel inspired and motivated to turn my life around.The problem with motivation being (essentially) an emotional state (or a place we get to in ourhead) is that its temporary. And when the motivation disappears (which it will because ouremotions and mental state fluctuate from day to day and moment to moment), then so do the new-found (desirable) behaviours.In other words, we lose momentum.We stop doing what we need to do to create the outcomes (realities) we so desperately desire.For others, motivation is simply a reason to (have to) do something."Ive gotta work cause I have five kids.... Im not particularly excited about that... dont love it... justneeds to be done.""I exercise three times a week because I dont want to die from a heart attack like my father did."The truth is that most of us alternate between cant-be-bothered, kinda-motivated and totally-in-the-zone... for much of our lives. Many of us step in and out of motivation on a daily (if not, hourly)basis."I cant be bothered today" is a line Ive heard thousands of times in my job."Do it anyway" I say."But Im not motivated!""So do it... despite your lack of motivation.""Perhaps in the doing... youll get motivated!""Its not normal... but it is possible."
And the amazing thing about doing stuff, the stuff we know we should do (even when were notmotivated to do it) is that once its done, were SO glad we did it (and we usually discover weactually are legitimately motivated after weve done it)... and then we also discover wevedeveloped some new getting-crap-done-even-when-we-dont-feel-like-it skills!Good skills to have.Trust me.If we only do the things we need to do (to create our desired outcomes and achieve our goals)when we feel like it... then well never achieve much because well be perpetually starting andstopping.After all, nobody feels motivated (excited, pumped, positive, focused, in-the-zone) permanently.Lesson one:People who succeed are usually the ones who continue to do what they need to... even when theirfeeling of motivation isnt there.It is my (not particularly popular) opinion (based on a lifetime of observation) that most people whostart most endeavours dont finish them.Great at starting; crap at finishing.We dont want to think that were like that.We dont want to acknowledge it.But we are.Often.Many of us have a history of starting and stopping all kinds of projects and endeavours... might beacademic stuff, might be some short-lived, self-improvement journey, might be a potentialbusiness or money-making venture, could be a diet or an exercise program or it could be dealingwith (or not dealing with) some undesirable habit.Or a million other things.You know what they are (for you personally).We start reading books, we get to chapter two.We join a gym, we go four times.We change our eating habits... for three days.We plan our new business venture.... for ten years!
We get pumped... we lose focus.And while there are always a range of reasons why we never finish what we start (some of themlegitimate, some not), the truth is, we spend far too much time rationalising, explaining andjustifying to ourselves and others why we never get the job done.Lesson two:Motivation needs to be a commitment, a philosophy and a choice, not an emotional state.I consider myself to be a highly-motivated person... but I often dont feel motivated.I have made the choice to be a motivated individual.I walk into a room (to do a presentation) and I have already made a commitment and a decision tobe (personally) motivated and (publicly) motivating.This is how it works for me:(1) I choose to be motivated.(2) I behave motivated... even if I dont feel like it (body language, communication, energy,attitude).(3) Usually within a short period of time I start to feel genuinely different (excited, positive, happier)(4) Not only am I behaving motivated but now Im actually feeling motivated.Tony Robbins calls this changing state.Its called different things by the various experts, but my experience is that if people genuinelymake the effort to do this, it works.Not everyone agrees with my thoughts on this subject.Thats okay.I know what works for me and many others Ive worked with, so I teach what I know to be true.Some people believe I over-simplify complex issues.I believe some people over-complicate simple issues.Wanna be motivated?Then behave like youre motivated.Talk like youre motivated.And make the decision to be motivated, irrespective of how youre feeling.Doesnt mean you cant have a bad day or be down... it simply means that most of the time, youredoing what most people wont.By choice.
Lesson three:Dont make emotional (or reactive) decisions (when it comes to creating forever results).Spur of the moment, reactive, emotion-based decisions rarely result in life-long change.Make sure your motivation, your passion and your emotion are all attached to a sensible andlogical plan which factors in the frailties of the human condition (that is, our ability to run hot andcold).So while some people consider motivation to be something thats almost beyond our control; weeither have it, or we dont (on a given day).... I believe its something we (can) have completecontrol over.For me motivation is choice.I choose to be motivated.I choose to be a motivator.I choose to create my own (internal) reality.I choose to be motivated, even on the bad days.I choose to keep doing even when I dont feel like it.Craig Harper (B.Ex.Sci.) is an Australian motivational speaker, qualified exercise scientist, author,columnist, radio presenter, and owner of one of the largest personal training centres in the world.He can be heard weekly on Australian Radio SEN 1116 and GOLD FM and appears on Australiantelevision on Network Tens 9AM.Motivational Speaker - Craig HarperArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Craig_Harper==== ====