Not all motivation is created equal!
And here's why...
Our actions and the way we behave are mainly due to the things that motivate us! Ummm. For instance….
A love of art can motivate you to take art lessons or start an art gallery. An interest in children can motivate you to become a Foster Parent or a volunteer school aide. These are only two of an unlimited number of things that can get us motivated to change and act according to our passionate desires.
But, here's the downside…
What if you had a love or desire for gambling or performing dangerous stunts! OK, hold on, I know you’re already conjuring up many more illustrations of how a life could change simply by acting on the wrong motivation! If the resulting behavior has negative consequences it's not good motivation!
We have been trained to “get motivated” and act!
That certainly sounds reasonable and a good thing to do on the face of it! But just because you may really, really like kids does not necessarily correlate to a “mission” or motivation that gets you involved with all things kids! The same goes for a love of art, sports, cars, and more!
So, what’s the point of defining your motivation? That’s easy. You need to know what’s motivating you! Does it produce a good outcome, make your life more enjoyable and create positive emotions? Are you happy? Do you enjoy the outcomes of your behaviors? Or do they drag you down and cause negative consequences? Are you satisfied? Or, are you angry and self-destructive? Finally, this is important; do the actions and behaviors elicit dark emotions?
It’s important to know what is motivating you!
And it's not that difficult! You don’t need any advanced training or education to identify motivation. If you isolate the way you behave because of a passion (something that you like or makes you feel good and one that keeps you going day after day), then that’s what’s motivating you!
You can change what motivates you! Once you know the answer, you can decide whether to change gears or continue in the same mode! If your motivation is good, keep doing more of the same. Add more passion and zest to all positive motivation! But motivation that causes negative emotions needs to be eliminated immediately!
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