Motivation and Identity

Hi there.

Today I want to address the topic of motivation and another strategy I have for it. If you’re short on time, briefly the strategy is to use internal questions to help produce a identity shift resulting in easier motivation. Now I’ll dive into it.

I’m going to context the strategy by defining what motivation is so we both are on the same page.  Motivation is the feeling of desire to accomplish a certain task. Everything including eating, drinking water, playing games, watching movies, making love are all done through motivation. We naturally feel motivated for it because most of those things are enjoyable and some of them are just vital. Unfortunately, motivation like all other feelings, is not permanent. You can feel motivated at one point, and then feel utterly unmotivated at another.

So as a long term strategy, we can’t rely on this feeling too much. Well I have a strategy to help you stay in touch with this feeling of motivation more frequently. If we think we’re lazy, then ultimately, whatever we do will be to confirm that identity. Which makes it hard because I know a lot of people who were and still are called lazy a lot in the past and the present, both internally and externally. Now, they find it difficult to break away from that identity so they’re now stuck in a cycle of laziness, which in turn reinforces their perception of themselves as lazy.

Luckily for you, armed with this knowledge, you can start to condition your brain into believing you’re a hard-working individual. Now a lot of people recommend affirmations, and essentially for you to repeat that you’re hard working so much that the brain just believes it. In my opinion, that’s too much work, you’ve likely heard that you’re lazy or unproductive and other things, both from other people and inside your mind, many millions of times during your lifetime. To undo all that is just realistically not feasible.

I find that the better strategy is to ask yourself questions. Your brain is naturally a problem solver, you give it a problem and it will try to solve it. You can ask your brain ‘’how do I feel?’’ And you might get a positive answer, or a negative answer. Instead if you ask it ‘Why do I feel so good?’, you’ll notice that you gradually feel better. Onto the main topic, to convince your brain to think you’re a hard working person, you can ask yourself questions like:

  • Why do I feel so good about working hard?
  • Why am I such a naturally motivated person?
  • Why do I find challenges fun and engaging?
  • Why do I love working hard?

Please feel free to be creative with the questions you ask yourself. When you ask yourself these questions, your brain can’t do much else rather than try to solve these questions. In the process of trying to solve it, your brain can dig deep to find memories that help answer the question. With more evidence that your brain brings up from the past, the stronger your convinction that you’re a hard-working individual. With a stronger internal conviction, if someone says you’re lazy, you’re less likely to believe it. With this internal belief that you are hard-working, you’ll naturally accomplish more and prove to yourself that you’re not lazy, further creating a positive cycle of reinforcement that you’re hard-working. Motivation, drive and discipline shouldn’t be a fantasy. Go secure your dream future. Good luck.

Catch you next time,

Anandu Pradeep

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