So what is Motivation?
So the power of true motivation is when you really want something which makes you work hard to get it. Or you desperately want to avoid something and are motivated by the need to escape.
Motivation is the experience of desire or aversion (you want something, or want to avoid or escape something). As such, motivation has both an objective aspect (a goal or thing you aspire to) and an internal or subjective aspect (it is you that wants the thing or wants it to go away).
Find your true motivation
The power of true motivation is what keeps us going through all the lows as well as the highs. So how you can make it work for you and maintain your focus as long as you need it on any given thing? Let’s face it, it is very easy to get distracted in this fast paced world where information comes at us constantly.
When you try and force yourself to focus on something you’re working on rather than on your social media accounts or whatever else is trying to steal your attention, it doesn’t really work for long. You don’t concentrate properly as you are trying to block out the other distractions.
Something else to bear in mind here too, is that maintaining such intense focus is very tiring and actually requires a lot of energy. It’s easy to become worn out as a result and to flag.
So what is the answer?
You ensure that what you need to focus on is genuinely fascinating and engaging. To do this, you just have to find something that truly motivates you and that drives you. If you manage to find something that really matters to you then you will have the power of true motivation without even trying. In other words, your brain will produce the reward hormone (dopamine) automatically bringing your focus strongly to what you’re doing.
Basically, when you struggle to stop looking at Facebook, it’s because your brain finds Facebook more rewarding and more salient than what you’re currently doing. The same goes for Candy Crush Saga or for YouTube videos of cats. After all – these things are all designed to be highly rewarding and almost addictive. But if your job is more fascinating and more interesting than Candy Crush then you won’t be tempted to bring it out of your pocket.
Think about it: when was the last time you started playing Candy Crush at the movies, on a roller coaster or at a concert featuring your favorite band? Imagine if you enjoyed your work as much as your favorite band/game/hobby. Now you’d be more focused and more present at all times and you’d live a richer and more rewarding life that resulted in better achievement.
Flow States and Startups
- In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by the complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting transformation in one’s sense of time.
A flow state is characterized as a state of mind where the individual experiences intense concentration and focus and where they are highly engaged with what they’re doing. Today, researchers believe that flow states may behind many of the biggest breakthroughs and achievements in human history and it’s believed that this is the most productive, efficient and effective mental state we can achieve.
Chances are that you may have experienced a flow state yourself…
Examples of Flow State
- When you’re engaging in sports and the world almost seems to ‘slow down’ allowing you to react with perfect clarity and reaction speed.
- When you’re deep in conversation and lose track of time – you check the time and realize that it’s 3am.
- When you’re so deep in work that you find yourself ignoring the need to go to the toilet or even get up to eat.
These are all considered flow states and they’re all characterized by an increase in catecholamine neurotransmitters combined with a decrease in rapid brainwaves. Rather than seeing beta waves, instead the brain goes into an alpha/theta wave state.
It slows right down
It’s almost like meditation where every outside distraction is removed and you’re completely focused on one thing – to the point where time almost loses its meaning. What does this have to do with finding your passion? Simple: when you’re working toward your passion, you are in a flow state at all times.
Studies show that most start-up companies are in better ‘flow’ than any other business. Why? Because they’re excited and passionate about their business and because they have an exciting, youthful energy. And this is great news for those startups, because businesses with large amounts of flow actually produce far greater product than those without.So if you learn to love what you do, you’ll be in constant flow.
How to Find Your Passion
If you’re working in a boring office job, filled with people you don’t like and in an environment you find uninspiring, then you won’t be in flow and you’ll struggle to concentrate. This is bad news. The same goes if you’re stacking shelves in a grocery store. Unless you’re super-passionate about groceries, you’re probably not in flow and you’re probably not working optimally.
For these reasons, you need to change your career right now if you want to fulfill your potential. That means finding your calling – finding the thing that will motivate you to get up first thing in the morning. The thing that will cause that salience network to fire like mad. Now a lot of people will say they can’t do this – they have too many responsibilities and financial strains to just ‘up and leave’ their current job.
What can I do?
Here are some things you can do to start moving towards a career you truly love:
- Start looking for outside work while at your current job – you don’t need to quit your day job until you’ve found your perfect position elsewhere. So there’s really no risk!
- Alternatively, try starting a ‘side project’ from home in the form of a small business. You can create a blog, start selling a product etc. and then wait until it’s earning enough money to support you when you love your current employment.
Think about what it is that will truly make you excited:
- Ask yourself when you last felt truly energised at work
- Think about the jobs that your role models have
- Think about what you love doing and all the ways that can be made into a career
- Don’t be afraid to combine jobs or think outside the box – there’s nothing to stop you having a part time job and a small business venture!
Visualise what success looks like to you and what happiness looks like to you. Now think about what steps you’d have to take to get there. What career would support this lifestyle?
How can I do that?
If its changing your job, you could look at gaining new qualifications in your spare time. Either at local classes or online. Most people now go for online classes because they can do it at their own pace and whenever time allows. There are plenty of ebooks to help you choose and/or learn
If you want to start a business, a popular option nowadays, many begin in their spare time. A positive mindset along with the right motivation will keep you going. It’s not easy running a business and keeping up a Full/Part time job but it is doable. Many of the successful businesses online did just that.
It takes time to build a business, if you have responsibilities then you need an income while you build the business up. For many this is their motivation. The desire to be free of a boss and set their own working time.
The power of true motivation is strong enough to keep people going until they achieve their dream.
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