How to stay motivated?
Why is it difficult to stay inspired and motivated all the time? What is it in the nature of life that makes it so hard to be motivated all the time? Let us try and understand the science of motivation. More importantly let us try and understand why we lose the ability to stay motivated all the time as we grow up.
There is no debate in the argument that we were a lot more motivated during our younger days. Irrespective of our age now, we can all reflect back on the time when we had more energy and enthusiasm. We can all recollect a time from our past when were a lot more inspired and motivated.
So what is it that makes it difficult for us to stay inspired as we grow up? One important reason is our changing understanding of life. As we grow, our understanding of life changes and accordingly our attitude towards what inspires and motivates us changes. Since the very definition of growing up is a process of changing, staying motivated all the time is a big challenge.
This does not mean that there is no way for us to stay inspired and motivated all the time. The trick to staying inspired all or rather most of the time lies in our mind. Our mind holds the key to the secret of our motivation. If we are able to understand the nature of our minds clearly, we will be able to learn how to keep ourselves motivated.
As far as the mind is concerned, motivation is simply a state. In fact our mind does not understand motivation at all. The only thing it understands and recognizes is different states of our mind. Mainly, it recognizes positive and negative states. For the mind, being in a positive state of mind corresponds to being motivated. Similarly being in a negative state of mind corresponds to demotivation and lack of enthusiasm.
It is amazing how much time, money and effort is spent in trying to motivate people. One of the biggest challenges every organization faces is keeping its people inspired and motivated. Most people understand motivation as a surge of energy; hence fall into the age old trap of instant energizing, only to lose their energy all too quickly.
We cannot approach our personal motivation as a quick surge of energy. Rather, we have to understand it is a way of keeping our mind in a positive state of mind. The biggest secret to motivation is knowing the difference between a negative state of mind and a positive state of mind. When we know what triggers a negative or a positive state of mind, it becomes possible for us to control our motivation levels.
The easiest way to stay motivated is by listening to continuous conversation of our minds and not encouraging negative conversation. This sounds too simplistic to work, but it works brilliantly. Just by listening to our thoughts we can weed out negative and unnecessary conversations and cultivate an internal atmosphere of positivity and energy.
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