Understanding All of Life is Motivation!
What motivates you!
This is a simple question, yet one you rarely reflect upon. But you are motivated by something. You work, play, life, love, and laugh all through some type of motivation. The motivation could be money, pride, determination, something to prove, or even fear. But you are motivated to complete an action by some force.
You will see this characteristic far more blatant in children. When I ask my kids to clean their rooms I am met with moans and groans. They drag their feet and walk around like we are at a memorial service. But when I add some motivation like going out for ice cream afterwards their rooms are magically cleaned in minutes with a more gracious attitude. Now there is a motivation they can relate to which has been placed in front of them.
This is why it is important to discover the motivation in your own life. Why do you work in your career? Why do you do certain hobbies? Why do you not do other activities? Why do you live this life? These are questions we rarely ask ourselves, but in doing so can unleash a greater understanding of why we pursue certain activities. Neil deGrasse Tyson states that “The most successful people in life recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.”
If you want to generate your own motivation and ask the deeper questions, then you will better comprehend yourself and your direction in life. This understanding can be a great assistance in the following areas.
1) Keeps Focus
Understanding your motivation can help you keep focus on your tasks. Especially during those difficult times. Remember my kids were not very focused on cleaning their rooms until a motivation was placed upon. Having a clean room was not motivation enough. It did not give them the focus they needed to complete the task. But when you ask the tough questions and have a greater understanding of your motivation then it can grant you a greater focus to complete your tasks.
Tony Khuon “Lack of concentration is a growing problem in an age of distraction.” If you think about how many time sucks you have in your day and the number of distractions. Just the thought can get overwhelming. If you don’t have a motivation in front of you to keep you focused on the task at hand. Then you will be pulled away by anything which comes along and seems more interesting.
2) Helps Understand Your Drive
Understanding your motivations can also help you understand your drive. Why do you do what you do? Or what gets you out of bed in the morning? Is it family, more time, more money, a different lifestyle, or you just love it? There really is not wrong answer but it is good to understand what is driving you and if it is sustainable. If money is a major driving point of your current motivation, will this be enough to move you through different stages of life and career? On a very basic level this is Understanding Your Why?
You also need to understand your drive may change as you do move through different stages. Buying a house, getting married, having children, or returning to school. These too are motivations which could effect your career and hobbies. When you understand your motivations and how your life is connected is can ease your transition to different points in your life.
3) Can point to a greater purpose
When you understand your motivation it can also point to a greater purpose. For instance, if you are motivated to serve others, but are working in a career which is not service oriented you may feel a disconnect. Understanding this juxtaposition in your life could help you decide which career choices are best for you and what will make you more content in life. Or help you better understand some of the discontent in your own life.
When you understand what motivates you then you are more likely to gravitate toward those areas of life which are rewarding and provide purpose. This may not be a full-time career, but it can be something you do on the side but provides a greater purpose for what you want to accomplish.
4) Can unwrap a passion
Another defining aspect of motivation is it can also unwrap a passion deep inside you. When you take the time to discover what motivates you, the process of unwrapping your desires, passions, and needs begin to surface. During this process you may discover a passion which was hidden before. “Passion is what moves you to persevere at something despite fear, unhappiness or pain. It is the determination and motivation to push through suffering for the sake of an end goal.”
The great thing about a passion is it does not have to be a career or profession. Your passion, on a very basic level, can be something which brings you alive. No matter what you do or your circumstances in life your passion can carry you through on a very basic level. It can also be an very important motivation to give you strength in other areas of your life.
No matter who you are, what you do, or how you view life you need to be motivated. I encourage you to take the time time to discover your motivation and how it can have an enormous impact on every area of your life.
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