Motivation

It is not possible to be always on the top. Motivation is a cyclical human behavior. I will try to show my perspective about it.

Motivation has as many faces as there are human desires. People tend to be motivated or to seek motivation for almost everything: sport, relationships, projects… Without that which stimulates us, it costs us more, or we feel that we do it out of obligation. The essence of motivation is energized and persistent goal-directed behavior. When we are motivated, we move and take action.

Personally, I’m one that have trouble finding motivation, specially in personal projects. I get bored early. Let’s just say I have a hard time keeping up with the level of stimulus I can easily find in other things. To be more concrete, I will say that I usually find motivation on intangible purposes. For instance, in the case of running I am more interested in doing it because I want to be in good shape rather than the goal of being able to run three hundred kilometers.

I suppose that motivation is a state whose purpose is to satisfy a need or achieve a goal. To encourage me to achieve my purposes I use the division of objectives: divide and conquer. It’s an easy process: divide the big problems into smaller objectives to achieve greater motivation with the achievement of a smaller goal. For example, if you want to get into the habit of reading, start by reading 5-10 minutes every day and increase the time each week.

Some experts divide motivation into four phases: passivity, frustration, motivation and satisfaction. Then the cycle repeats itself.

There is no recipe for always being motivated because it simply should not be like that. We must go through the different phases in order to feel and thus be able to value each one of them separately. And you, what do you do to motivate yourself?

References
  1. El círculo de la motivación
  2. What is Motivation? A Psychologist Explains.

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