I believe there are only two core reasons you lose motivation and bring about procrastination in your life.
- What you’re trying to achieve is simply not that important to you
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It’s just not that important to you
We all have things in our lives that we’re spontaneously inspired from within to complete. For some of us it’s online gaming, for some it’s raising our children, for other’s it’s socializing with friends and colleagues. You do not require motivation to do the things you’re spontaneously inspired to do. On your quest to live an inspired life, one of the wisest decisions you can possibly make is to follow your bliss, and do what you’re inspired from within to do. “Follow your heart”… Sure, it sounds like an overused cliche… but if it’s really that easy and obvious, why do so few people do it?
Why aren’t you doing what you love?
By way of clicking this article, I must assume there is a high probability you’re not doing what you love to do. If you were consumed by your purpose and had dedicated your entire life to it, you’d probably be too busy to read this.
Here’s what I’ve found that could help:
The reason most of us don’t truly follow our heart and tap the fire of our most inspired mission is that we have, to some degree, subordinated to limiting cultural conditioning, belief systems, and values.
Get good grades
Go to college
Get a job
Buy a house
Have a family
This is still the predominant cultural values in the western world!
So what happens if you’re inspired to sit in a dark room and play computer games, but you subordinate to your parents who want you to study hard and get good grades? Well, you’ll still be spontaneously inspired to play games, but you’ll need motivation to do the things that please Mum and Dad.
You’ll need to be manipulated with pain and pleasure.
You’ll need treats for co-operating and punishment for disobeying.
When you’re not doing what you love doing, you’re living in the animal mind.
When you’re doing what you love doing, you transcend the necessity for external motivation.
The sooner you stop subordinating to the values of others, the sooner you can get on with what is truly inspiring to you. The longer you spend in subordination, ignoring the calling signs of your soul, the more you’ll live with a cloudy vision of your future, the more you’ll feel lost, and the more external motivation you’ll need.
There are professional gamers making 6 and 7 figures per year now, traveling the world and practicing their art.
There are thousands of bloggers and vloggers making 6 and 7 figures per year now, providing value and serving millions of viewers around the world.
There are authors and coaches making 6 and 7 figures per year now, sharing their knowledge and experience of raising children, socializing, “picking up” romantic partners and every other imaginable and desirable skill.
You do not need to study hard and get good grades to “get on” in today’s world. Good grades and a good job is nothing but a values projection from those with a limited awareness of the possibilities in 2017 and beyond.
Figure out what it is you love by completing the “language of love” process in the video above and give yourself permission to dedicate your life to something that inspires you. When you start living your most inspired life, motivation will be a redundant concept of the past.
You’re not in the right gear.
Once you know what you want to dedicate your life to, get in the right gear. You can have all the desire, inspiration and power in the world – but if you’re trying to become the world champion gamer on your second day in the business, you’re probably in the wrong gear. Wiser to break down your long-term goals into step-by-step, day-by-day actionable chunks that allow you to knock them over gradually. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. When you’re doing something you’re truly inspired by, your space and time horizons tend to increase, since you’re not looking for an immediate pleasure to pull out of the pain of an unfulfilled soul.
Take it day-by-day, and love the process.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Motivation vs. Inspiration
If you’re a parent, teacher, leader or coach, please pay close attention to the next 3 paragraphs.
Motivation and Inspiration are two very different things.
Inspiration comes from within, motivation comes from without. Most teachers and coaches still promote motivation while ignoring the elephant in the room. The elephant being the fact that if you’re motivating someone to do something… then that “something” just isn’t that important to them. If someone is actively seeking motivation from you, they are subordinating to your values, and unconsciously saying “please push me and pull me so I can be more like you”.
This process in itself is nothing to judge negatively, as it’s just part of the essential learning journey for both you and your follower… but understand this: The true leaders on earth who reach the greatest heights don’t need motivation to do what they do. Elon Musk doesn’t need to be motivated to get up and build cars and rockets, he’s inspired from within to do it automatically. Same applies for any true leader. I don’t want my students to look up to me and think I have something they don’t – because it’s not true… and my self-worth is sufficient enough not to require infatuation and subordination from peers. As a leader, please consider giving your followers the freedom to be themselves, rather than trying to create a clone of yourself to have them live out the goals you were never able to achieve.
As we grow up, our true selves are dis-membered by the values injected by teachers, preachers, parents, and peers. So we live a scattered life of “shoulds” and “ought to’s”, unconsciously trying to appease the authorities that have become the authors of our existence. To uphold these injected values requires motivation. I believe that as soon as we re-member who we truly are, and get back to our most authentic self, we will no longer require motivation from without. Giving yourself permission to live your most authentic life will allow you to tap a never ending source of energy and intelligence from within… it’s called Inspiration.
As a leader, your job is not to motivate.
Your job is to help your students remember who they are, and in doing so, give them permission to tap the fire of their soul.
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