How to find motivation.

Happy Tuesday readers,

I’ve been dwelling on this motivation-thing since yesterday and I think it’s time we look into it a tad more serious than all this happy-snappy-rainbow bullshit that overflows my instagram feed (and probably yours as well). Aren’t people tired of pretending to be motivated all the time? And what is it, really? This motivation that everyone so convincingly harvests chronically? Because I’m surly not chronically motivated.

Motivation is often defined as:

Desire or willingness to do something; enthusiasm.

The concept of motivation originated from the word motive; A reason for doing something. But if we dig even deeper motivation is strongly connected with the term move.

It’s a relatively new concept, this motivation that we all put in our own and others mouths. It’s a psychological surplus, if you want. We have the liberty, in our world of excess fulfilled needs, to search for the deeper meanings, expand our psychological understanding and to analyse the crap out of everything.

What motivates you?

Well, my motivation is continuously changing. It can be goal based or it can be a spontaneous desire. And sometimes, it’s just not there at all. But to be completely honest, the relativity of motivation, based upon our feelings, is not always a trustworthy measurement. Why is this? Because it’s based upon feelings and desire. Our feelings may change according to our desire, or our desire might change – without ever having to change our goal. On top of that we are taught that we have to be motivated all the time and that’s simply not possible. We reach an even deeper discouragement because we feel that we are failing at motivation. So I’m gonna give you a pep talk. A wave of harsh reality:

Forget about motivation. Go further back, beyond your motive: MOVE. Take action. Stay in movement.

We often sit around, waiting, for motivation to make its appearance. This mystical thing that’s just supposed to pop out of our hearts and snap us out of our paralysed state. No. It does not work that way. To get motivated, you have to move. We’ve been taught the lesson all wrong. Same thing applies to our career choices, gym habits and everything else that concerns our lives: how would you know what you want and to what lengths you’ll go to get it if you don’t do anything? You have to DO something, then conclude. The conclusion, the revelation, doesn’t happen first. Action happens first. I remember this specifically from my studies in political ideology: the definition of the ideology always happens after the act has been carried out and we have analysed the pattern. It is not a new concept and I sincerely question where this concept went to shits.

I fear that motivation is more of an excuse and a coping mechanism than a positively charged concept. “I’m just not motivated”. Ok. Grow a spine and go figure out why, and change whatever you need to keep moving. There is nothing more tiering than standing still, also time moves forward so standing still isn’t really an option. It takes great effort to keep moving forward and you will not be chronically motivated. That is an illusion you’ve been taught to be able to make excuses. Sometimes we just have to bite it and keep going without shitting rainbows while grinning like an idiot. Come to think of it, revenge is a variation of motivation. I’m just saying. Motivation is A result of feelings and feelings have to be conjured.

I’ve written previously that I am one to live out my feelings, and I do. I take short breaks. I can dwell in sadness or anger. I do that to process. To move on. But motivation? No. To stop living due to lack of motivation is on a whole other chapter. To search for motivation in a demotivated mind is to search for a needle in a haystack, except someone removed the needle before you started. It’s pointless. So my conclusion is:

Keep moving. If you’re paralysed at the moment then start moving. Action comes first, motivation comes later.


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