Understanding The Concept Of Self Motivation

Understanding The Concept Of Self Motivation

Discovering the Magic of Self-Motivation

Well there are plenty of interactive methods of self-motivation with proven results but let’s first understand the term motivation, why we need it and how it impacts our life. In the current age of technology whenever we find ourselves down and depressed, we instantly connect to the internet to search for motivational speeches of Tony Robbins, Jordon Pattinson, Kash Shaikh and what not.

Most of us have a specific talk or even a specified person who turns us on, makes our body shiver, gets the adrenaline rush going higher and makes us jumping to do something that we long have been waiting to do. But, why we have a specified talk, person or even a genre of discussion which pumps us and makes us believe in ourselves to move forward. The answer is rather simple that we feel more aligned to certain people and certain discussions because we may have relatable life stories, goals and dreams. This renders them as our home ground where we feel easy to play. 

Types of Motivation

Motivation is basically a reason for action and it can also be defined as a need that demands satisfaction. It is an impulse that causes a person to act in a certain way to achieve or retain something that he feels important. These reasons can be divided into intrinsic and extrinsic categories. Intrinsic motivation states that we are motivated by internal impulse to achieve fulfillment and contentment in life.

We invest on personal development, body shape, mental growth in order to get an internal satisfaction explains this narrative. Whereas extrinsic motivation states that there must be an external rewards for motivation to achieve something like a bonus or raise as well as negative external factors like getting fired.

However there are instances where intrinsic and extrinsic motivations combine and results are even more fruitful. We work for inner satisfaction which results in high quality work and generates even more financial or social value. So self-motivation, whatever may the method be, it will keep revolving around these two types of motivations. 

Fundamentals of Self-Motivation

Passion: Passion is an emotion that drives us to put extra energy in an activity, an enthusiasm to accomplish something. Passion can range from eager interest in an idea to strong attraction, excitement, or emotion towards a person or activity.

Denis Diderot describes passions as “penchants, inclinations, desires and aversions carried to a certain degree of intensity, combined with an indistinct sensation of pleasure or pain, occasioned or accompanied by some irregular movement of the blood and animal spirits, are what we call passions.

They can be so strong as to inhibit all practice of personal freedom, a state in which the soul is in some sense rendered passive; whence the name passions. This inclination or so-called disposition of the soul, is born of the opinion we hold that a great good or a great evil is contained in an object which in and of itself arouses passion”.

So if we are doing an activity where we find passion, then nothing can stop the accomplishment. Passion is strongest of all the drivers for struggle. Hobbies require a certain level of passion in order to continue engaging in the hobby. Although this might be the emotion, passion is serving as a motivation for them to continue their hobby.

Habits: Habit is routine action which we keep repeating and after sometime, this action becomes part of our personality. These actions tends to occur subconsciously. Waking up at the same time, working at the same times and having a similar productive routine makes it easier to do the next day. New behaviors can become automatic through the process of habit formation.

Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioral patterns which humans repeat become imprinted in neural pathways, but it is possible to form new habits through repetition. The habit–goal interface is controlled by the particular manner in which habits are learned and represented in memory. Habits can either benefit or hurt the goals a person sets for themselves.

Behavior is derived from goals and behavior prediction is to acknowledge the likelihood that a habit will form, but in order to form that habit a goal must have been initially committed. The influence of goals on habits is what makes a habit different from other automatic processes in the mind. This leads to efficiency and productivity and results in high levels of self-satisfaction.

Flow: Streamlining our energy from passion with behavior from habits in practical life in called flow. Flow tends to occur when we face a clear set of goals that require appropriate response. It is easy to enter flow in games such as chess, tennis, or poker, because they have goals and rules that make it possible for the player to act without questioning what should be done, and how.

Flow also happens when our skills are fully involved in overcoming a challenge that is just about manageable, so it acts as a magnet for learning new skills and increasing challenges. If challenges are too low, one gets back to flow by increasing them. If challenges are too great, one can return to the flow state by learning new skills.

Flow is when we get involved in something so deeply that nothing else seems to matter and we lose track of time. It is found that flow generally occurs when a person is doing his or her favorite activity such as gardening, listening to music, bowling, cooking a good meal.

It also occurs when driving, talking to friends, and surprisingly often at work. Very rarely do people report flow in passive leisure activities, such as watching television or relaxing. Almost any activity can produce flow provided the relevant elements are present, so it is possible to improve the quality of life by making sure that the conditions of flow are a constant part of everyday life.

Start bringing your awareness to the now. Connect to your spirit, passion, habits and what it feels like to be in your body. With deliberate movements, go about your activity while allowing the mind to remain focused on sensations and actions rather than being distracted by thoughts. As thoughts and feelings enter your mind, allow them to pass by like clouds against a blue sky.

Remember, finding your flow means staying grounded as the sky and letting everything else melt away. You are not your thoughts, you are not your fears, you are the witness-awareness of motion. Become one with your task, and enter the zone of peak performance, happiness, and fulfillment. Learn to pay attention to what’s happening in the present moment and start enjoying your immediate experience.

Different Methods of Self-Motivation

Despite our best efforts, passion, habits and a flow-producing environment, we humans can easily get depressed and demotivated. In that case, it’s time to find whatever emotional pump-up we can use to get started. 

Just Start: This is the simplest and easiest method of self-motivation. We don’t need to be fully prepared and quipped for the activity we want to accomplish. Jot down the vague ideas through brainstorming and start by going one step at a time. Make targets for ten minutes, an hour and a complete day. As the time passes, we will find yourself engrossed in the activity with the feeling of self-fulfillment. 

Plan a Day: This is also a simple method which requires us to plan a complete tomorrow. Sit in your bed and think of activities that need to be performed tomorrow. Note all these activities and prioritize them according to their importance and urgency. Divide the day in hours to specify the start and end of these small tasks. Cross from the list after completing them. This will result in inner satisfaction as well as physical activity accomplishment.

Scare yourself: Challenging ourselves is another highly productive method of motivation. When I was preparing for GRE exams, I set an audacious target of scoring 320 plus. To achieve this, I concentrated on the studies and tried to give my best. It resulted in that the shape of me scoring 323 in GRE. Setting a difficult target and pushing oneself to achieve it is a beautiful journey. One starts to enjoy it and this transformed to better results.

Find a Kick: Kick is something that gives us pleasure. An activity which we perform with sheer passion. Reading a book, traveling to hill station, meditation or spending time with family. These activities refresh our mindset and provide us with a new perspective. Advantage of discovering a personal kick is that it helps in prioritizing the routine and life goals. Associating the personal kick activity with other activities helps us achieve the other activities as well and overall productivity is boosted.  

Synergize: Keeping the company of positive people really helps in achieving collaborative as well as personal goals. Motivation is a contagious emotion so one person radiating positive energy and motivation will influence the mindset of others. That’s why it is said that we should choose life partners carefully. Getting depressed in life is a must and if we have a person who understands us will be a great help. Partner will know how to make you believe in yourself again.

Move Around: Moving around and changing our environment gives us another perspective about the situation at hand. This helps in reducing the negativity and also provides us ample time to visualize different possibilities. This method involves physical movements, travel, exercise etc. This ‘faking it’ approach to motivation may seem silly or crude but it works.

Avoid Procrastination: Procrastination is delaying the important tasks by being lazy despite having the knowledge that this delay will have negative effects sooner or later. It is a natural negative human trait due to its hindering effect in productivity.

The most prominent explanation in present literature draws upon intemporal discounting, task averseness and certain personality traits such as indecisiveness and distractibility as the common causes of procrastination.

To overcome procrastination, it is essential to recognize and accept failure without condemning and to set goals that are easier to achieve. Most common method to avoid procrastination is self-discipline and marshmallow method but there is no hard-and-fast rule to avoid procrastination and it varies from person to person. 

Final Thoughts

With all these tips we have shared with you, now you know what to do when you’re feeling unmotivated. Find your passion and develop a positive mantra so when the next time negativity hits you again, you know how to stay positive and motivated!

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