Are you Free Enough to be Motivated?
Why talk about motivation? Well in the last blog post I went over the feeling of obligation and what it does to us. On the one hand, with obligation we get things done because we feel there is no other option, you just got to do it for maybe a self-imposed reason, external pressure, or to make a livelihood. On the other hand, motivation is the opposite, it’s like the optimistic side of obligation because with motivation you do things because you’re inspired and fueled by love, hope, courage, truth, humanity, honor, and /or a sense of destiny.
Rest assured that you can’t always be feeling hyped or motivated to be doing something and that’s perfectly normal. However, it can also be reassuring to know that your body is somewhat programmed to help you achieve positive things and likewise to avert negative associations; dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure, gets you motivated about something even before reaping the rewards, which is pretty amazing when you think about it. This means that in addition to taking actions to set yourself up for success, in most cases your body is also doing the same; you just have to help it along.
We are human right, so we can’t always be motivated, it’s a journey of highs and lows, but it is important to be aware that motivation does drive the decisions we make, and it also influences our behavior. So, wouldn’t it be great if we knew how to cultivate motivation to help us accomplish our goals? First, we must start with finding out what motivation is—particularly, what motivates us. Also, what role does motivation play in our everyday life and does it have an impact on our journey to achieving a FIT lifestyle—healthy mind, body, and soul.
I think motivation is at the core of all we do because it’s connected to who we are, the passion we feel, and the desire to accomplish what we want. When you think about it, we are lucky to be able to experience the feeling of motivation, it is the outcome of our foundational values as human beings—love, hope, courage, truth, humanity, honor, and destiny—that come together.
Ask yourself, “what motivates me?” For me, I would honestly say that it’s you all who take the time to read these blog posts, leave a like or comment on social media, and my dedicated clients who work hard week after week; that might be cliché to say, but it’s true. Put differently, what motivates me is all the things I have accomplished thus far and all those I haven’t yet, which pushes me to keep striving for more.
Is motivation innate? Do we feel motivated because of our core capability to love, have hope, courage, or is motivation a skill we develop along the way to help us cope with the challenges we face in the pursuit of a goal? There isn’t a right or wrong answer really since when you think about it, the common element is the outcome, which is being motivated. Knowingly or not, we undertake actions to help ignite the desire of more. For instance, the fight for systemic change often feels never-ending, but one thing we can do it to keep showing up until change unfolds; the fire in us that helps us to keep showing up is motivation. We could even say it’s a desire to inspire ourselves for the ideal of betterment, the never-ending quest that ignites the desire to keep pushing ourselves and I would hope that never stopes. Don’t get me wrong, more isn’t always better but the openness to betterment, to wanting to meet goals, is part of progress and it’s the daily repeated actions that create a positive and lasting impact on ourselves, those around us, and the society we live in.
The thing with motivation is that it can come from the least expected sources or areas but when we find it, we should take the time to acknowledge it because it is with motivation that we feel that sense of purpose and that desire to act. From a fitness perspective, what makes you decide to work out during the day? For me, it’s always been about something I can control. It’s my time to focus on me and I feel so awesome after—I know I’m doing good for my body so it can sustain healthy as I age. More so, it clears my brain to put focus on my day or things I want to accomplish. My motivation often comes from the sense of purpose I feel having accomplished something good for myself and it’s what helps me maintain a routine. All these things I listed are anticipated rewards that generate a feeling of motivation to repeat the action.
You know the more I think of motivation and wonder where I can find it, the more I’m hoping the answer is, for the most part, from myself. Why would someone else be responsible for motivating me? Others can inspire you, but the work has to come from within. It’s about finding motivation that works for you. Keep in mind motivation comes from a lot of places. It can come from a person, from an inner drive to accomplish something. Something on a bucket list. A goal.
So, be free to inspire—when you remove some pressure from yourself and feel complete (at peace with where you are), you’ll experience a feeling of relief, which is freeing, even empowering, and helps create space to feel inspired and motivated. Have you noticed that we feel the most motivated when we are feeling confident?
It’s all about the day-to-day dedication, so celebrate who you are every day and free your mind by letting in the hope, courage, truth, humanity, honor, and sense of destiny, don’t be afraid to be motivated and aim for what you want. Life is complicated enough that we have to be our own cheerleaders and remember along the way to put out a helping hand when we can.
How motivated are you?