The Secrets of Motivation Part 1 Show Notes
In this episode of the Motor City Hypnotist Podcast we will talk about the Secrets of Motivation. Have you ever struggled starting something or keeping consistent with things that you know are good for you? If so, this episode is for you
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What is Motivation?
Scientists describe motivation as the overall willingness to do something. It is the compilation of emotional and cognitive forces that compels you to take some action.
So what specifically is motivation? Here is a quote by the author Steven Pressfield from his novel, The War of Art, which sums up in a nutshell motivation and procrastination. “At some point, the pain of not doing it becomes greater than the pain of doing it.”
College…waiting until the last minute and pulling an all nighter for an exam or project?
This is the essence of motivation. Every choice has a cost, but it is easier to overcome the inconvenience of action when we are motivated than the distress of staying the same. We cross a mental threshold— typically after procrastination and in the face of an urgent deadline— and it becomes more painful not to do the task than to actually do it. Now for the critical issue: what can we do to increase the likelihood that we will break this mental barrier and feel compelled on a regular basis?
One of the most shocking things about motivation is that it often comes after a new behavior starts, not before
Author James Clear puts it this way “I like to refer to this effect as the Physics of Productivity because this is basically Newton’s First Law applied to habit formation: objects in motion tend to remain in motion. Once you begin a task, it is easier and faster to keep moving it forward.”
Nearly all the resistance with a task will be at the start. Progress comes more naturally after you start.
During a discussion about developing products, one of my colleagues said to me, “Most people never do anything because they’re always pondering what to do and how they are going to do it.” The same paralysis applies to working out, starting a project, creating content, and writing in general.
- If you don’t have a fixed time to work out every day, then you’ll wake up thinking each day, “I hope I feel motivated to work out today.”
- If your business doesn’t have a marketing system, then you’ll arrive at your job just hoping that you’ll find a way to market (in addition to all your other responsibilities).
- If you don’t schedule a specific day and time to do something, you will find yourself saying over and over again “I need to get this project started” and nothing will happen.
- If you don’t have a planned time to write each week, then you’ll find yourself saying “I just need to find the self-discipline to do it” and it doesn’t happen
Don’t wait for motivation to strike you. Your habits must be scheduled
- Maya Angelou rented a local hotel room and went there to write. She arrived at 6:30 AM, wrote until 2 PM, and then went home to do some editing. She never slept at the hotel.
- Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon writes five nights per week from 10 PM to 3 AM.
- Stephen King “I have a glass of water or a cup of tea. There’s a certain time I sit down, from 8:00 to 8:30, somewhere within that half hour every morning,” he explained. “I have my vitamin pill and my music, sit in the same seat, and the papers are all arranged in the same places…The cumulative purpose of doing these things the same way every day seems to be a way of saying to the mind, you’re going to be dreaming soon.”
- C.S. Lewis would wake up at 8:00 AM every morning, have breakfast and write from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.
The strength of a ritual, or what could be called a pre-game routine, is that it makes it simpler to start your habits and that makes it easier to follow through on a consistent basis.
Steps to get motivated!
Step 1: Make the first steps easy! For example, your writing routine, might begin with a few minutes of mindful meditation. Or your workout routine may begin with some simple stretching excercises. Beginning is the most significant component of any task. In the beginning, if you can’t get motivated, you will discover that motivation often comes after you start. That’s why you need to make your pre-game routine relatively easy.
Step 2: Your routine should move you toward your ultimate objective. There is often a lack of mental motivation associated with an absence of physical motion. Imagine your physical condition when you feel depressed, bored, or unmotivated. Your physiology dictates your mental state. Take a moment to stand, shout, do a little dance…anything to get your body moving. You will find your mental state improves when you change your physiology. As you start your routine with easy steps, begin moving into more difficult or challenging steps gradually. Your mental state will match your physical state. If you sit down to write, maybe take 10 seconds to stretch your arms, breath deeply in and out and then begin.
Step 3: Do the exact same things every time! The main purpose of your routine is to create a series of actions that you complete EVERY TIME prior to starting your tasks. This routine eventually becomes so linked to your performance that you are drawn into a mental state that is prepared to perform by simply doing the routine. You don’t have to try to be motivated. Just begin your routine and the motivation will follow.
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David R. Wright MA, LPC, CHT
The Motor City Hypnotist